Henry Louis Mencken Quotes

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it-is-a-peculiarity-of-the-american-mind-that-it-regards-any-excursion-into-the-truth-as-an-adventure-into-cynicism
old-age-aint-no-place-for-sissies
sunday-a-day-given-over-by-americans-to-wishing-that-they-themselves-were-dead-and-in-heaven-and-that-their-neighbors-were-dead-and-in-hell
the-formula-of-the-argument-is-simple-and-familiar-to-dispose-of-a-problem-all-that-is-necessary-is-to-deny-that-it-exists
who-ever-heard-indeed-of-an-autobiography-that-was-not-interesting-i-can-recall-none-in-all-the-literature-of-the-world
love-the-delusion-that-one-woman-differs-from-another
injustice-is-relatively-easy-to-bear-what-stings-is-justice
idealist-one-who-on-noticing-that-a-rose-smells-better-than-a-cabbage-concludes-that-it-will-also-make-better-soup
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
the-kind-of-man-who-wants-government-to-adopt-and-enforce-his-ideas-is-always-the-kind-of-man-whose-ideas-are-idiotic
immortality-is-the-condition-of-a-dead-man-who-doesnt-believe-he-is-dead
for-every-problem-there-is-a-solution-which-is-simple-clean-and-wrong
sunday-school-a-prison-in-which-children-do-penance-for-the-evil-conscience-of-their-parents
progress-is-the-process-whereby-the-human-race-is-getting-rid-of-whiskers-the-veriform-appendix-and-god
unquestionably-there-is-progress-the-average-american-now-pays-out-twice-as-much-in-taxes-as-he-formerly-got-in-wages
what-restrains-us-from-killing-is-partly-fear-of-punishment-partly-moral-scruple-and-partly-what-may-be-described-as-a-sense-of-humor
remorse-is-regret-that-one-waited-so-long-to-do-it
time-is-the-great-legalizer-even-in-the-field-of-morals
time-is-a-great-legalizer-even-in-the-field-of-morals
truth-would-quickly-cease-to-become-stranger-than-fiction-once-we-got-as-used-to-it
it-is-more-blessed-to-give-than-receive-for-example-wedding-presents
living-with-a-dog-is-messy-like-living-with-an-idealist
misogynist-a-man-who-hates-women-as-much-as-women-hate-one-another
a-critic-is-a-man-who-writes-about-things-he-doesnt-like
there-is-only-one-honest-impulse-at-the-bottom-of-puritanism-and-that-is-the-impulse-to-punish-the-man-with-a-superior-capacity-for-happiness
men-always-try-to-make-virtues-of-their-weaknesses-fear-of-death-and-fear-of-life-both-become-piety
suicide-is-belated-acquiescence-in-the-opinion-of-ones-wifes-relatives
every-man-is-thoroughly-happy-twice-in-his-life-just-after-he-has-met-his-first-love-and-just-after-he-has-left-his-last-one
no-married-man-is-genuinely-happy-if-he-has-to-drink-worse-whisky-than-he-used-to-drink-when-he-was-single
ive-made-it-a-rule-never-to-drink-by-daylight-and-never-to-refuse-a-drink-after-dark
a-prohibitionist-is-the-sort-of-man-one-couldnt-care-to-drink-with-even-if-he-drank
morality-the-theory-that-every-human-act-must-either-be-right-or-wrong-and-that-99-of-them-are-wrong
morality-is-nothing-but-a-struggle-for-safety
voting-is-simply-a-way-of-determining-which-side-is-the-stronger-without-putting-it-to-the-test-of-fighting
perhaps-the-most-revolting-character-that-the-united-states-ever-produced-was-the-christian-business-man
evangelical-christianity-as-everyone-knows-is-founded-upon-hate-as-the-christianity-of-christ-was-founded-upon-love
theology-is-the-effort-to-explain-the-unknowable-in-terms-of-the-not-worth-knowing
for-centuries-theologians-have-been-explaining-the-unknowable-in-terms-of-thenotworthknowing
religion-is-fundamentally-opposed-to-everything-i-hold-in-veneration-courage-clear-thinking-honesty-fairness-and-above-all-love-of-the-truth
a-sense-of-humor-always-withers-in-the-presence-of-the-messianic-delusion-like-justice-and-truth-in-front-of-patriotic-passion
a-celebrity-is-one-who-is-known-by-many-people-he-is-glad-he-doesnt-know
complete-masculinity-and-stupidity-are-often-indistinguishable
the-more-a-man-dreams-the-less-he-believes
it-takes-a-long-while-for-a-naturally-trustful-person-to-reconcile-himself-to-the-idea-that-after-all-god-will-not-help-him
the-way-to-hold-a-husband-is-to-keep-him-a-little-jealous-the-way-to-lose-him-is-to-keep-him-a-little-more-jealous
men-are-sad-because-they-have-to-die-so-soon-women-are-sad-because-they-were-born-so-long-ago
how-little-it-takes-to-make-life-unbearable-a-pebble-in-the-shoe-a-cockroach-in-the-spaghetti-a-womans-laugh
man-is-always-looking-for-someone-to-boast-to-woman-is-always-looking-for-a-shoulder-to-put-her-head-on
a-man-loses-his-sense-of-direction-after-four-drinks-a-woman-loses-hers-after-four-kisses
democracy-is-only-a-dream-it-should-be-put-in-the-same-category-as-arcadia-santa-claus-and-heaven
free-speech-is-too-dangerous-to-a-democracy-to-be-permitted
democracy-is-also-a-form-of-worship-it-is-the-worship-of-jackals-by-jackasses
to-wage-a-war-for-a-purely-moral-reason-is-as-absurd-as-to-ravish-a-woman-for-a-purely-moral-reason
he-the-businessman-is-the-only-man-who-is-forever-apologizing-for-his-occupation
the-prophesying-business-is-like-writing-fugues-it-is-fatal-to-every-one-save-the-man-of-absolute-genius
socialism-nothing-more-than-the-theory-that-the-slave-is-always-more-virtuous-than-his-master
the-way-for-newspapers-to-meet-the-competition-of-radio-and-television-is-simply-to-get-out-better-papers
painting-is-the-art-of-protecting-flat-surfaces-from-the-weather-and-exposing-them-to-the-critic
a-great-literature-is-chiefly-the-product-of-inquiring-minds-in-revolt-against-the-immovable-certainties-of-the-nation
science-at-bottom-is-really-antiintellectual-it-always-distrusts-pure-reason-and-demands-the-production-of-objective-fact
i-can-only-imagine-very-stupid-people-looking-at-it-television
history-deals-mainly-with-captains-and-kings-gods-and-prophets-exploiters-and-despoilers-not-with-useful-men
the-surest-way-to-get-on-in-politics-in-america-is-to-play-the-leading-part-in-a-prosecution-which-attracts-public-notice
government-is-a-broker-in-pillage-and-every-election-is-sort-of-an-advance-auction-sale-of-stolen-goods
government-under-democracy-is-thus-government-by-orgy-almost-by-orgasm
there-are-two-kinds-of-music-german-music-and-bad-music
the-military-caste-did-not-originate-as-a-party-of-patriots-but-as-a-party-of-bandits
change-is-not-progress
confidence-the-feeling-that-makes-one-believe-a-man-even-when-one-knows-that-one-would-lie-in-his-place
conscience-is-a-motherinlaw-whose-visit-never-ends
conscience-is-the-inner-voice-that-warns-us-somebody-may-be-looking
the-only-kind-of-freedom-that-the-mob-can-imagine-is-freedom-to-annoy-and-oppress-its-betters-and-that-is-precisely-the-kind-that-we-mainly-have
a-man-active-resilient-mind-outwears-his-friendships-just-as-certainly-as-he-outwears-his-love-affairs-his-politics-his-epistemology-henry-louis-mencken
love-is-like-war-easy-to-begin-but-hard-to-stop-henry-louis-mencken
adultery-is-application-democracy-to-love-henry-louis-mencken
whenever-you-hear-man-speak-his-love-for-his-country-it-is-sign-that-he-expects-to-be-paid-for-it-henry-louis-mencken
no-normal-man-ever-fell-in-love-after-30-when-kidneys-begin-to-disintegrate-henry-louis-mencken
when-women-kiss-it-always-reminds-one-prizefighters-shaking-hands-henry-louis-mencken
a-man-may-be-fool-not-know-it-but-not-if-he-is-married-henry-louis-mencken
the-first-kiss-is-stolen-by-man-last-is-begged-by-woman-henry-louis-mencken
bachelors-know-more-about-women-than-married-men-if-they-didnt-theyd-be-married-too-henry-louis-mencken
a-man-always-blames-woman-who-fools-him-in-same-way-he-blames-door-he-walks-into-in-dark-henry-louis-mencken
there-is-something-even-more-valuable-to-civilization-than-wisdom-that-is-character-henry-louis-mencken
the-great-secret-happiness-in-love-is-to-be-glad-that-other-fellow-married-her-henry-louis-mencken
philosophy-first-constructs-scheme-happiness-then-tries-to-fit-world-to-it-henry-louis-mencken
you-come-into-world-with-nothing-purpose-your-life-is-to-make-something-out-nothing-henry-louis-mencken
the-life-man-in-this-world-is-like-life-fly-in-room-filled-with-100-boys-each-armed-with-fly-swatter-henry-louis-mencken
you-cant-do-anything-about-length-your-life-but-you-can-do-something-about-its-width-depth-henry-louis-mencken
the-only-way-to-success-in-american-public-life-lies-in-flattering-kowtowingto-mob-henry-louis-mencken
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