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

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

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

Henry Louis Mencken

I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind - that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinkin

Henry Louis Mencken

We must respect the other fellow's religion,but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.

Henry Louis Mencken

The more a man dreams, the less he believes

Henry Louis Mencken

Love is like war; easy to begin but very hard to stop

Henry Louis Mencken

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