H.L. Mencken Quotes

138 H.L. Mencken quotes:

"Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance."
"Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian."
"Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing, they marry later, for another thing, they die earlier."
"The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated."
"Life is a constant oscillation between the sharp horns of dilemmas."
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"For men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt."
"The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind."
"Church: A place in which gentlemen who have never been to Heaven brag about it to people who will never get there"
"A gentlemen is one who never strikes a woman without provocation."
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"Historian -- an unsuccessful novelist."
"In order to teach chemistry or psychology or even history or Greek a man must actually know something, but for the teacher of English nothing seems to be necessary beyond a crude capacity to read and write"
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"Honor is simply the morality of superior men."
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"A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it"
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"Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him."
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"It seems to me that a great university ought to have room in it for men subscribing to every sort of idea that is currently prevalent"
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"We suffer most when the White House busts with ideas"
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"Have you ever watched a crab on the shore crawling backward in search of the Atlantic Ocean, and missing? That's the way the mind of man operates."
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"Man is a beautiful machine that works very badly."
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"It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods. If such a board actually exists it operates precisely like the board of a corporation that is losing money."
"It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf."
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