Quotes by American Writer H. L. Mencken


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

There is no record in history of a happy philosopher. 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

The truth that survives is simply the lie that is pleasantest to believe. 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

Husbands never become good; they merely become proficient. 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

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

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place. 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

What men value in this world is not rights but privileges. 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

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin. 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

The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy. H. L. Mencken

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


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