H. L. Mencken Quotes

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A good politician under democracy is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
– H. L. Mencken

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Happiness is the china shop; love is the bull.
– H. L. Mencken

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To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia.
– H.L. Mencken

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Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
– H.L.Mencken

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A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.
– H. L. Mencken

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If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.
– H.L. Mencken

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A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in.
– H. L. Mencken

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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.
– H. L. Mencken

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One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to hell without perspiring.
– H. L. Mencken

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In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell.
– H. L. Mencken

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Hope: A pathological belief in the occurrence of the impossible.
– H. L. Mencken

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The only liberty an inferior man really cherishes is the liberty to quit work, stretch out in the sun, and scratch himself.
– H.L. Mencken

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To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble.But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true !
– H. L. Mencken

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No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes she were not.
– H.L. Mencken

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Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
– H. L. Mencken

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The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.
– H.L. Mencken

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The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
– H. L. Mencken

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One who is sorry she did it, but would undoubtedly do it again.
– H.L. Mencken

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Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?
– H.L. Mencken

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Most people want security in this world, not liberty.
– H. L. Mencken

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Puritanism the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
– H. L. Mencken

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In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
– H. L. Mencken

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Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
– H. L. Mencken

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A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married.
– H.L. Mencken

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Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.
– H.L. Mencken

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The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.
– H. L. Mencken

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Anyhow, the hole in the dough nut is at least digestible.
– H.L. Mencken

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Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven.
– H. L. Mencken

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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.
– H.L. Mencken

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