Henry Louis Mencken Quotes

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

Henry Louis Mencken

The formula of the argument is simple and familiar: to dispose of a problem all that is necessary is to deny that it exists

Henry Louis Mencken

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf

Henry Louis Mencken

The military caste did not originate as a party of patriots, but as a party of bandits

Henry Louis Mencken

Immortality is the condition of a dead man who doesn't believe he is dead

Henry Louis Mencken

The Liberals have many tails, and chase them all

Henry Louis Mencken

To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself.

Henry Louis Mencken

And out of each (schoolhouse) is vomited the standard product of the New Pedagogy - an endless procession of adolescents who have been taught everything save that which is true, and outfitted with every trick save those that are socially useful.

Henry Louis Mencken

Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends

Henry Louis Mencken

All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.

Henry Louis Mencken

The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who Is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost invariably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And if he is not romantic personally, he is apt to spread discontent among those who are.

Henry Louis Mencken

Men are sad because they have to die so soon, women are sad because they were born so long ago.

Henry Louis 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.

Henry Louis Mencken

The intelligent, like the unintelligent, are responsive to propaganda.

Henry Louis Mencken

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