H. L. Mencken Quotes

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

H. L. Mencken

On one issue at least, men and women agree: they both distrust women.

H. L. Mencken

If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.

H. L. Mencken

The average man gets his living by such depressing devices that boredom becomes a sort of natural state to him.

H. L. Mencken

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

H. L. Mencken

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

H. L. Mencken

Writing books is certainly a most unpleasant occupation. It is lonesome, unsanitary, and maddening. Many authors go crazy.

H. L. Mencken

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf.

H. L. Mencken

Husbands never become good; they merely become proficient.

H. L. Mencken

Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a moveable body.

H. L. Mencken

Temptation is a woman's weapon and man's excuse.

H. L. Mencken

On one issue at least, men and women agree; they both distrust women.

H. L. Mencken

No article of faith is proof against the disintegrating effects of increasing information; one might almost describe the acquirement of knowledge as a process of disillusion.

H. L. Mencken

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.

H. L. Mencken

The theatre, when all is said and done, is not life in miniature, but life enormously magnified, life hideously exaggerated.

H. L. Mencken

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