H. L. Mencken Quotes

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

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

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

A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there.

H. L. Mencken

I used to build up to sensation, accumulating tension until it released a perceptual experience.

H. L. Mencken

A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.

H. L. Mencken

Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure."

H. L. Mencken

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