H.L. Mencken Quotes

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

H.L. Mencken

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule

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Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.

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We are here and now. Further than that, all knowledge is moonshine.

H.L. Mencken

Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good

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Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage

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Anyhow, the hole in the doughnut is at least digestible

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Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists.

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The Christian always mixes prudence with his devotion. He is willing to serve three gods, but draws the line at one wife.

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Many a time I have seen my mother leap up from the dinner table to engage the swarming flies with an improvised punkah, and heard her rejoice and give humble thanks simultaneously that Baltimore was not the sinkhole that Washington was.

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No matter how much a woman loved a man, it would still give her a glow to see him commit suicide for her.

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The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.

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The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's good-by to the Bill of Rights

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If I had my way, any man guilty of golf would be barred from any public office in the United States and the families of the breed would be shipped off to the white slave corrals of Argentina.

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To be in love is merely to be In a state of perpetual anesthesia: To mistake an ordinary young man for a Greek god Or an ordinary young woman for a goddess.

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I detest converts almost as much as I do missionaries.

H.L. Mencken
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