H.L. Mencken Quotes


138 H.L. Mencken quotes:



"Most people want security in this world, not liberty."
"I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone."
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Liberty Quotes
"Lying is not only excusable; it is not only innocent; it is, above all, necessary and unavoidable. Without the ameliorations that it offers, life would become a mere syllogism and hence too metallic to be borne."
"The truth that survives is simply the lie that is pleasantest to believe."
"It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause."
"Before a man speaks, it is always safe to assume that he is a fool. After he speaks it is seldom necessary to assume."
"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong."
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Problems Quotes
"The average man does not get pleasure out of an idea because he thinks it is true; he thinks it is true because he gets pleasure out of it."
"Women have simple tastes. They get pleasure out of the conversation of children in arms and men in love."
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Pleasure Quotes
"When women kiss it always reminds me of prizefighters shaking hands"
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Women Quotes
"For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing."
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Worth Quotes
"I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk."
"When women kiss it always reminds one of prize-fighters shaking hands."
"We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine."
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Knowledge Quotes
"Whenever you hear a man speak of his love for his country, it is a sign that he expects to be paid for it."
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Patriotism Quotes
"Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself."
"There is no record in history of a happy philosopher."
"Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all other philosophers are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself."
Author: Mencken Quotes Category: Philosophy Quotes



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