Henry Louis Mencken Quotes

Confidence: The feeling that makes one believe a man, even when one knows that one would lie in his place

Henry Louis Mencken

Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time

Henry Louis Mencken

There is something even more valuable to civilization than wisdom, and that is character

Henry Louis Mencken

Adultery is the application of democracy to love

Henry Louis Mencken

Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration - courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and above all, love of the truth

Henry Louis Mencken

It takes a long while for a naturally trustful person to reconcile himself to the idea that after all God will not help him

Henry Louis Mencken

Economic independence is the foundation of the only sort of freedom worth a damn

Henry Louis Mencken

All government, of course, is against liberty.

Henry Louis Mencken

A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable.

Henry Louis Mencken

I believe that all government is evil, in that all government must necessarily make war on liberty, and that the democratic government is at least as bad as any of the other forms

Henry Louis Mencken

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.

Henry Louis Mencken

A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.

Henry Louis Mencken

Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a movable body

Henry Louis Mencken

Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.

Henry Louis Mencken

God is a Republican, and Santa Claus is a Democrat.

Henry Louis Mencken
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