Quotes by American Writer H. L. Mencken


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

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

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

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

If women believed in their husbands they would be a good deal happier and also a good deal more foolish. H. L. Mencken

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

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

How little it takes to make life unbearable: a pebble in the shoe, a cockroach in the spaghetti, a woman's laugh. 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

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. H. L. Mencken
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The lunatic fringe wags the underdog. H. L. Mencken

A gentlemen is one who never strikes a woman without provocation. H. L. Mencken

For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing. H. L. Mencken

Temptation is a woman's weapon and man's excuse. H. L. Mencken

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

Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking. H. L. Mencken

The only cure for contempt is counter-contempt. H. L. Mencken

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


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