Henry Louis Mencken Quotes

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

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

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

Henry Louis Mencken

The only really happy folk are married women and single men.

Henry Louis Mencken

A sense of humor always withers in the presence of the messianic delusion, like justice and truth in front of patriotic passion.

Henry Louis Mencken

History deals mainly with captains and kings, gods and prophets, exploiters and despoilers, not with useful men.

Henry Louis Mencken

Complete masculinity and stupidity are often indistinguishable.

Henry Louis Mencken

A man loses his sense of direction after four drinks; a woman loses hers after four kisses.

Henry Louis Mencken

The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.

Henry Louis Mencken

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

Henry Louis Mencken

A man always remembers his first love with special tenderness, but after that he begins to bunch them.

Henry Louis Mencken

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.

Henry Louis Mencken

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

Henry Louis Mencken

Correct spelling, indeed, is one of the arts that are far more esteemed by schoolma'ams than by practical men, neck-deep in the heat and agony of the world.

Henry Louis Mencken

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