Henry Louis Mencken Quotes

Time is a great legalizer, even in the field of morals

Henry Louis Mencken

The American people, taken one with another, constitute the most timorous, sniveling, poltroonish, ignominious mob of serfs and goose-steppers ever gathered under one flag in Christendom since the end of the middle ages

Henry Louis Mencken

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.

Henry Louis Mencken

Voting is simply a way of determining which side is the stronger without putting it to the test of fighting

Henry Louis Mencken

There is no record in history of a happy philosopher.

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

Hygiene is the corruption of medicine by morality. It is impossible to find a hygienist who does not debase his theory of the healthful with a theory of the virtuous. The true aim of medicine is not to make men virtuous; it is to safeguard and rescue them from the consequences of their vices.

Henry Louis Mencken

It seems to me that a great university ought to have room in it for men subscribing to every sort of idea that is currently prevalent

Henry Louis Mencken

For every problem there is a solution which is simple, clean and wrong.

Henry Louis Mencken

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.

Henry Louis Mencken

The thing which sets off the American from all other men, and gives peculiar color not only to the pattern of his daily life but also adds to the play of his inner ideas, is what, for want of a more exact term, may be called social aspiration

Henry Louis Mencken

A large part of altruism, even when it is perfectly honest, is grounded upon the fact that it is uncomfortable to have unhappy people about one

Henry Louis Mencken

Who ever heard, indeed, of an autobiography that was not (interesting)? I can recall none in all the literature of the world

Henry Louis Mencken

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.

Henry Louis 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.

Henry Louis Mencken

Free speech is too dangerous to a democracy to be permitted.

Henry Louis Mencken
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