Quotes by American Writer H. L. Mencken


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

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

There is no record in history of a happy philosopher. 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

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

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

Husbands never become good; they merely become proficient. H. L. Mencken

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

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

Time stays, we go. H. L. Mencken

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

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

Alimony -- the ransom that the happy pay to the devil. H. L. Mencken

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

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

Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. 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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