Quotes by American Writer H. L. Mencken


It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull. H. L. Mencken

Life is a constant oscillation between the sharp horns of dilemmas. H. L. Mencken

Democracy is also a form of religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses. H. L. Mencken

It is hard for the ape to believe he descended from man. H. L. Mencken

Morality is the theory that every human act must be either right or wrong, and that 99% of them are wrong. H. L. Mencken

I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk. H. L. Mencken

The curse of man, and the cause of nearly all his woe, is his stupendous capacity for believing the incredible. H. L. Mencken

It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake. H. L. Mencken

It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office. H. L. Mencken

The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. H. L. Mencken

Jealousy is the theory that some other fellow has just as little taste. H. L. Mencken

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable. H. L. Mencken

Don't overestimate the decency of the human race. H. L. Mencken

Whenever a husband and wife begin to discuss their marriage they are giving evidence at a coroner's inquest. H. L. Mencken

There is no record in history of a happy philosopher. H. L. Mencken

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

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. H. L. Mencken

I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs. H. L. Mencken

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. H. L. Mencken
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On one issue at least, men and women agree; they both distrust women. H. L. Mencken


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