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Henry Louis Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was an American journalist, essayist, satirist, cultural critic, and scholar of American English. He commented widely on the social scene, literature, music, prominent politicians, and contemporary movements. His satirical reporting on the Scopes Trial, which he dubbed the "Monkey Trial," also gained him attention.

As a scholar, Mencken is known for The American Language, a multi-volume study of how the English language is spoken in the United States. As an admirer of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, he was an outspoken opponent of organized religion, theism, and representative democracy, the last of which he viewed as a system in which inferior men dominated their superiors. Mencken was a supporter of scientific progress and was critical of osteopathy and chiropractic. He was also an open critic of economics.

Mencken opposed the American entry into both World War I and World War II. Some of the terminology in his private diary entries has been described by some researchers as racist and anti-Semitic, although this characterization has been disputed. His attitude to African-Americans reflected the conservative paternalism of his era and "the kind of anti-Semitism that appears in Mencken's private diary may be found elsewhere: for example, in the early letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Adlai Stevenson." He seemed to show a genuine enthusiasm for militarism but never in its American form. "War is a good thing," he once wrote, "because it is honest, it admits the central fact of human nature.... A nation too long at peace becomes a sort of gigantic old maid."His longtime home in the Union Square neighborhood of West Baltimore was turned into a city museum, the H. L. Mencken House. His papers were distributed among various city and university libraries, with the largest collection held in the Mencken Room at the central branch of Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library.

quote by H. L. Mencken: Time stays, we go. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Time stays, we go....

Time stays, we go.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Popularity -- The capacity for listening sympathetically when men boast of their wives and women complain of their husbands. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Popularity -- The capacity for listening sympathetically when men boast of their wives and women com...

Popularity -- The capacity for listening sympathetically when men boast of their wives and women complain of their husbands.

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quote by H. L. Mencken: There is always an easy solution to every problem neat, plausible, and wrong. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: There is always an easy solution to every problem neat, plausible, and wrong....

There is always an easy solution to every problem neat, plausible, and wrong.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. 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… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: A large part of altruism, even when it is perfectly honest, is grounded upon the fact that it is unc...

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.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Pastor: One employed by the wicked to prove to them by his example that virtue doesn't pay. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Pastor: One employed by the wicked to prove to them by his example that virtue doesn't pay....

Pastor: One employed by the wicked to prove to them by his example that virtue doesn't pay.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The ants and the bees are, in many ways, far more intelligent and ingenious; they manage their government with vastly less quarreling, wast… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The ants and the bees are, in many ways, far more intelligent and ingenious; they manage their gover...

The ants and the bees are, in many ways, far more intelligent and ingenious; they manage their government with vastly less quarreling, wastefulness and imbecility.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Love us the triumph of imagination over intelligence. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Love us the triumph of imagination over intelligence....

Love us the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

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quote by H. L. Mencken: There are two kinds of books. Those that no one reads and those that no one ought to read. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: There are two kinds of books. Those that no one reads and those that no one ought to read....

There are two kinds of books. Those that no one reads and those that no one ought to read.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The most valuable of all human possessions, next to a superior and disdainful air, is the reputation of being well to do. Nothing else so n… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The most valuable of all human possessions, next to a superior and disdainful air, is the reputation...

The most valuable of all human possessions, next to a superior and disdainful air, is the reputation of being well to do. Nothing else so neatly eases one's way through life, especially in democratic countries.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Without a doubt there are women who would vote intelligently. There are also men who knit socks beautifully. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Without a doubt there are women who would vote intelligently. There are also men who knit socks beau...

Without a doubt there are women who would vote intelligently. There are also men who knit socks beautifully.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Metaphysics is almost always an attempt to prove the incredible by an appeal to the unintelligible. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Metaphysics is almost always an attempt to prove the incredible by an appeal to the unintelligible....

Metaphysics is almost always an attempt to prove the incredible by an appeal to the unintelligible.

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quote by H. L. Mencken: Christian theology is not only opposed to the scientific spirit; it is opposed to every other form of rational thinking. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Christian theology is not only opposed to the scientific spirit; it is opposed to every other form o...

Christian theology is not only opposed to the scientific spirit; it is opposed to every other form of rational thinking.

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quote by H. L. Mencken: Well, I tell you, if I have been wrong in my agnosticism, when I die I'll walk up to God in a manly way and say, Sir, I made an honest mist… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Well, I tell you, if I have been wrong in my agnosticism, when I die I'll walk up to God in a manly ...

Well, I tell you, if I have been wrong in my agnosticism, when I die I'll walk up to God in a manly way and say, Sir, I made an honest mistake.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind....

I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: I do not believe in democracy, but I am perfectly willing to admit that it provides the only really amusing form of government ever endured… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: I do not believe in democracy, but I am perfectly willing to admit that it provides the only really ...

I do not believe in democracy, but I am perfectly willing to admit that it provides the only really amusing form of government ever endured by mankind.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: To wage a war for a purely moral reason is as absurd as to ravish a woman for a purely moral reason. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: To wage a war for a purely moral reason is as absurd as to ravish a woman for a purely moral reason....

To wage a war for a purely moral reason is as absurd as to ravish a woman for a purely moral reason.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: On the one side was bigotry, ignorance, hatred, superstition, every sort of blackness that the human mind is capable of. On the other side … with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: On the one side was bigotry, ignorance, hatred, superstition, every sort of blackness that the human...

On the one side was bigotry, ignorance, hatred, superstition, every sort of blackness that the human mind is capable of. On the other side was sense.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The common man knows exactly what he wants...and deserves to get it good and hard. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The common man knows exactly what he wants...and deserves to get it good and hard....

The common man knows exactly what he wants...and deserves to get it good and hard.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Man, at his best, remains a sort of one-lunged animal, never completely rounded and perfect, as a cockroach, say, is perfect. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Man, at his best, remains a sort of one-lunged animal, never completely rounded and perfect, as a co...

Man, at his best, remains a sort of one-lunged animal, never completely rounded and perfect, as a cockroach, say, is perfect.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: I never agree with Communists or any other kind of kept men. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: I never agree with Communists or any other kind of kept men....

I never agree with Communists or any other kind of kept men.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: There is something even more valuable to civilization than wisdom, and that is character. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: There is something even more valuable to civilization than wisdom, and that is character....

There is something even more valuable to civilization than wisdom, and that is character.

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quote by H. L. Mencken: The movies today are too rich to have any room for genuine artists. They produce a few passable craftsmen, but no artists. Can you imagine … with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The movies today are too rich to have any room for genuine artists. They produce a few passable craf...

The movies today are too rich to have any room for genuine artists. They produce a few passable craftsmen, but no artists. Can you imagine a Beethoven making $100,000 a year?

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The curse of man, and the cause of nearly all his woe, is his stupendous capacity for believing the incredible. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The curse of man, and the cause of nearly all his woe, is his stupendous capacity for believing the ...

The curse of man, and the cause of nearly all his woe, is his stupendous capacity for believing the incredible.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: No man is worthy of unlimited reliance-his treason, at best, only waits for sufficient temptation. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: No man is worthy of unlimited reliance-his treason, at best, only waits for sufficient temptation....

No man is worthy of unlimited reliance-his treason, at best, only waits for sufficient temptation.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The doctrine that the cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy is like saying that the cure of crime is more crime. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The doctrine that the cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy is like saying that the cure...

The doctrine that the cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy is like saying that the cure of crime is more crime.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: If we assume that man actually does resemble God, then we are forced into the impossible theory that God is a coward, an idiot and a bounde… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: If we assume that man actually does resemble God, then we are forced into the impossible theory that...

If we assume that man actually does resemble God, then we are forced into the impossible theory that God is a coward, an idiot and a bounder.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The American people, I am convinced, really detest free speech. At the slightest alarm they are ready and eager to put it down. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The American people, I am convinced, really detest free speech. At the slightest alarm they are read...

The American people, I am convinced, really detest free speech. At the slightest alarm they are ready and eager to put it down.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: I detest converts almost as much as I do missionaries. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: I detest converts almost as much as I do missionaries....

I detest converts almost as much as I do missionaries.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The saddest life is that of a political aspirant under democracy. His failure is ignominious and his success is disgraceful. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The saddest life is that of a political aspirant under democracy. His failure is ignominious and his...

The saddest life is that of a political aspirant under democracy. His failure is ignominious and his success is disgraceful.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Save among politicians it is no longer necessary for any educated American to profess belief in Thirteenth Century ideas. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Save among politicians it is no longer necessary for any educated American to profess belief in Thir...

Save among politicians it is no longer necessary for any educated American to profess belief in Thirteenth Century ideas.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. 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 al… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory t...

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.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Democracy the domination of unreflective and timorous men, moved in vast herds by mob conditions. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Democracy the domination of unreflective and timorous men, moved in vast herds by mob conditions....

Democracy the domination of unreflective and timorous men, moved in vast herds by mob conditions.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Anyhow, the hole in the donut is at least digestible. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Anyhow, the hole in the donut is at least digestible....

Anyhow, the hole in the donut is at least digestible.

--H.L. Mencken

quote by H. L. Mencken: I know of no human being who has a better time than an eager and energetic young reporter. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: I know of no human being who has a better time than an eager and energetic young reporter....

I know of no human being who has a better time than an eager and energetic young reporter.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Who will argue that 98.6 Farenheit is the right temperature for man? As for me, I decline to do it. It may be that we are all actually free… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Who will argue that 98.6 Farenheit is the right temperature for man? As for me, I decline to do it. ...

Who will argue that 98.6 Farenheit is the right temperature for man? As for me, I decline to do it. It may be that we are all actually freezing hence the pervading stupidity of mankind. At 110 or 115 degrees even archbishops might be intelligent.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Firmness in decision is often merely a form of stupidity. It indicates an inability to think the same thing out twice. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Firmness in decision is often merely a form of stupidity. It indicates an inability to think the sam...

Firmness in decision is often merely a form of stupidity. It indicates an inability to think the same thing out twice.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The only time you have a free press is when you own one. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The only time you have a free press is when you own one....

The only time you have a free press is when you own one.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Of all forms of visible otherworldliness, it seems to me, the Gothic is at once the most logical and the most beautiful. It reaches up magn… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Of all forms of visible otherworldliness, it seems to me, the Gothic is at once the most logical and...

Of all forms of visible otherworldliness, it seems to me, the Gothic is at once the most logical and the most beautiful. It reaches up magnificently-and a good half of it is palpably useless.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin or when he sees silver he looks for the cloud it lines. A wise happ… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin or when he sees silver he lo...

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin or when he sees silver he looks for the cloud it lines. A wise happy person does the exact opposite.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Haste is of the devil. Slowness is of God. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Haste is of the devil. Slowness is of God....

Haste is of the devil. Slowness is of God.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The believing mind is externally impervious to evidence. The most that can be accomplished with it is to induce it to substitute one delusi… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The believing mind is externally impervious to evidence. The most that can be accomplished with it i...

The believing mind is externally impervious to evidence. The most that can be accomplished with it is to induce it to substitute one delusion for another. It rejects all overt evidence as wicked.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The fact that a human brain of high amperage, otherwise highly efficient, may have a hole in it is surely not a secret. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The fact that a human brain of high amperage, otherwise highly efficient, may have a hole in it is s...

The fact that a human brain of high amperage, otherwise highly efficient, may have a hole in it is surely not a secret.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The liberation of the human mind has never been furthered by dunderheads. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The liberation of the human mind has never been furthered by dunderheads....

The liberation of the human mind has never been furthered by dunderheads.

--H.L. Mencken

quote by H. L. Mencken: A bad artist almost always tries to conceal his incompetence by whooping up a new formula. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: A bad artist almost always tries to conceal his incompetence by whooping up a new formula....

A bad artist almost always tries to conceal his incompetence by whooping up a new formula.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: A skeptic as to all ideas, including especially my own, I have never suffered a pang when the ideas of some other imbecile prevailed. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: A skeptic as to all ideas, including especially my own, I have never suffered a pang when the ideas ...

A skeptic as to all ideas, including especially my own, I have never suffered a pang when the ideas of some other imbecile prevailed.

--H.L. Mencken

quote by H. L. Mencken: Jury -- A group of 12 people, who, having lied to the judge about their health, hearing, and business engagements, have failed to fool him. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Jury -- A group of 12 people, who, having lied to the judge about their health, hearing, and busines...

Jury -- A group of 12 people, who, having lied to the judge about their health, hearing, and business engagements, have failed to fool him.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: There is only one justification for having sinned, and that is to be glad of it. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: There is only one justification for having sinned, and that is to be glad of it....

There is only one justification for having sinned, and that is to be glad of it.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Complete masculinity and stupidity are often indistinguishable. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Complete masculinity and stupidity are often indistinguishable....

Complete masculinity and stupidity are often indistinguishable.

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quote by H. L. Mencken: Religion is a conceited effort to deny the most obvious realities. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Religion is a conceited effort to deny the most obvious realities....

Religion is a conceited effort to deny the most obvious realities.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: When I die, I shall be content to vanish into nothingness.... No show, however good, could conceivably be good forever I do not believe in … with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: When I die, I shall be content to vanish into nothingness.... No show, however good, could conceivab...

When I die, I shall be content to vanish into nothingness.... No show, however good, could conceivably be good forever I do not believe in immortality, and have no desire for it.

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quote by H. L. Mencken: Man, without a saving touch of woman in him, is too doltish, too naive and romantic, too easily deluded and lulled to sleep by his imaginat… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Man, without a saving touch of woman in him, is too doltish, too naive and romantic, too easily delu...

Man, without a saving touch of woman in him, is too doltish, too naive and romantic, too easily deluded and lulled to sleep by his imagination to be anything above a cavalryman, a theologian or a corporation director.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The opera…is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The opera…is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral....

The opera…is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral.

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quote by H. L. Mencken: The effect of every sort of New Deal is to increase and prosper the criminal class. It teaches precisely what all professional criminals be… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The effect of every sort of New Deal is to increase and prosper the criminal class. It teaches preci...

The effect of every sort of New Deal is to increase and prosper the criminal class. It teaches precisely what all professional criminals believe, to wit, that, it is neither virtuous nor necessary to suffer and to do without.

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quote by H. L. Mencken: There is always a sheet of paper. There is always a pen. There is always a way out. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: There is always a sheet of paper. There is always a pen. There is always a way out....

There is always a sheet of paper. There is always a pen. There is always a way out.

--H.L. Mencken

quote by H. L. Mencken: In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with ...

In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's good-bye to the Bill of Rights. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's good-bye to t...

The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's good-bye to the Bill of Rights.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: It is surely no mere coincidence that the land of the emancipated and enthroned woman is also the land of canned soup, of canned pork and b… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: It is surely no mere coincidence that the land of the emancipated and enthroned woman is also the la...

It is surely no mere coincidence that the land of the emancipated and enthroned woman is also the land of canned soup, of canned pork and beans, of whole meals in cans, and of everything else ready made.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: There are some politicians who, if their constituents were cannibals, would promise them missionaries in every pot. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: There are some politicians who, if their constituents were cannibals, would promise them missionarie...

There are some politicians who, if their constituents were cannibals, would promise them missionaries in every pot.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: A Puritan is someone who is desperately afraid that, somewhere, someone might be having a good time. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: A Puritan is someone who is desperately afraid that, somewhere, someone might be having a good time....

A Puritan is someone who is desperately afraid that, somewhere, someone might be having a good time.

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quote by H. L. Mencken: We must be prepared to pay a price for freedom, for no price that is ever asked for it is half the cost of doing without it. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: We must be prepared to pay a price for freedom, for no price that is ever asked for it is half the c...

We must be prepared to pay a price for freedom, for no price that is ever asked for it is half the cost of doing without it.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: To sum up: 1. The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. 2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. 3. Rel… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: To sum up: 1. The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. 2. Man is a sic...

To sum up: 1. The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. 2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. 3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him the ride.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Lawyer: one who protects us against robbery by taking away the temptation. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Lawyer: one who protects us against robbery by taking away the temptation....

Lawyer: one who protects us against robbery by taking away the temptation.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Hanging one scoundrel, it appears, does not deter the next. Well, what of it? The first one is at least disposed of. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Hanging one scoundrel, it appears, does not deter the next. Well, what of it? The first one is at le...

Hanging one scoundrel, it appears, does not deter the next. Well, what of it? The first one is at least disposed of.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Whenever A attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon B, A is most likely a scoundrel. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Whenever A attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon B, A is most likely a scoundrel....

Whenever A attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon B, A is most likely a scoundrel.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: God is a Republican, and Santa Claus is a Democrat. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: God is a Republican, and Santa Claus is a Democrat....

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

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense of humor. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what m...

What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense of humor.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Sometimes the idiots outvote the sensible people. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Sometimes the idiots outvote the sensible people....

Sometimes the idiots outvote the sensible people.

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quote by H. L. Mencken: So few men are really worth knowing, that it seems a shameful waste to let an anthropoid prejudice stand in the way of free association wit… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: So few men are really worth knowing, that it seems a shameful waste to let an anthropoid prejudice s...

So few men are really worth knowing, that it seems a shameful waste to let an anthropoid prejudice stand in the way of free association with one who is.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Liberty and democracy are eternal enemies, and every one knows it who has ever given any sober reflection to the matter. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Liberty and democracy are eternal enemies, and every one knows it who has ever given any sober refle...

Liberty and democracy are eternal enemies, and every one knows it who has ever given any sober reflection to the matter.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Fame: an embalmer trembling with stage fright. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Fame: an embalmer trembling with stage fright....

Fame: an embalmer trembling with stage fright.

--H.L. Mencken

quote by H. L. Mencken: Los Angeles: nineteen suburbs in search of a metropolis. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Los Angeles: nineteen suburbs in search of a metropolis....

Los Angeles: nineteen suburbs in search of a metropolis.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: How do they taste? They taste like more. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: How do they taste? They taste like more....

How do they taste? They taste like more.

--H.L. Mencken

quote by H. L. Mencken: The great difficulty about keeping the Ten Commandments is that no man can keep them and be a gentleman. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The great difficulty about keeping the Ten Commandments is that no man can keep them and be a gentle...

The great difficulty about keeping the Ten Commandments is that no man can keep them and be a gentleman.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Here is something that the psychologists have so far neglected: the love of ugliness for its own sake, the lust to make the world intolerab… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Here is something that the psychologists have so far neglected: the love of ugliness for its own sak...

Here is something that the psychologists have so far neglected: the love of ugliness for its own sake, the lust to make the world intolerable. Its habitat is the United States. Out of the melting pot emerges a race which hates beauty as it hates truth.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The intelligent, like the unintelligent, are responsive to propaganda. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The intelligent, like the unintelligent, are responsive to propaganda....

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

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: There's no underestimating the intelligence of the American public. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: There's no underestimating the intelligence of the American public....

There's no underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Socialism: nothing more than the theory that the slave is always more virtuous than his master. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Socialism: nothing more than the theory that the slave is always more virtuous than his master....

Socialism: nothing more than the theory that the slave is always more virtuous than his master.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The most common of all follies is to believe in the palpably untrue. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The most common of all follies is to believe in the palpably untrue....

The most common of all follies is to believe in the palpably untrue.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Thanksgiving Day is a day devoted by persons with inflammatory rheumatism to thanking a loving Father that it is not hydrophobia. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Thanksgiving Day is a day devoted by persons with inflammatory rheumatism to thanking a loving Fathe...

Thanksgiving Day is a day devoted by persons with inflammatory rheumatism to thanking a loving Father that it is not hydrophobia.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: Our literature, despite several false starts that promised much, is chiefly remarkable, now as always, for its respectable mediocrity. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Our literature, despite several false starts that promised much, is chiefly remarkable, now as alway...

Our literature, despite several false starts that promised much, is chiefly remarkable, now as always, for its respectable mediocrity.

--H.L. Mencken


quote by H. L. Mencken: Who ever heard, indeed, of an autobiography that was not (interesting)? I can recall none in all the literature of the world. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: Who ever heard, indeed, of an autobiography that was not (interesting)? I can recall none in all the...

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

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The average man does not get pleasure out of an idea because he thinks it is true; he thinks it is true because he gets pleasure out of it. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The average man does not get pleasure out of an idea because he thinks it is true; he thinks it is t...

The average man does not get pleasure out of an idea because he thinks it is true; he thinks it is true because he gets pleasure out of it.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love o...

The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth... It takes a special sort of… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice ...

The average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth... It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty -- and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The average man gets his living by such depressing devices that boredom becomes a sort of natural state to him. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The average man gets his living by such depressing devices that boredom becomes a sort of natural st...

The average man gets his living by such depressing devices that boredom becomes a sort of natural state to him.

--H.L. Mencken

quote by H. L. Mencken: The essential dilemma of education is to be found in the fact that the sort of man (or woman) who knows a given subject sufficiently well t… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The essential dilemma of education is to be found in the fact that the sort of man (or woman) who kn...

The essential dilemma of education is to be found in the fact that the sort of man (or woman) who knows a given subject sufficiently well to teach it is usually unwilling to do so.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The course of the United States in World War II, I said, was dishonest, dishonorable, and ignominious, and the Sunpapers, by supporting Roo… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The course of the United States in World War II, I said, was dishonest, dishonorable, and ignominiou...

The course of the United States in World War II, I said, was dishonest, dishonorable, and ignominious, and the Sunpapers, by supporting Roosevelt's foreign policy, shared in this disgrace.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man. In order to get anywhere near high office he has to make so many compromise… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man. In order to get anywhere near high o...

A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man. In order to get anywhere near high office he has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: No article of faith is proof against the disintegrating effects of increasing information; one might almost describe the acquirement of kno… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: No article of faith is proof against the disintegrating effects of increasing information; one might...

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.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: It is impossible to believe that the same God who permitted His own son to die a bachelor regards celibacy as an actual sin. with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: It is impossible to believe that the same God who permitted His own son to die a bachelor regards ce...

It is impossible to believe that the same God who permitted His own son to die a bachelor regards celibacy as an actual sin.

--H.L. Mencken
quote by H. L. Mencken: The physical business of writing is unpleasant to me, but the psychic satisfaction of discharging bad ideas in worse English makes me forge… with background image: photo of author H. L. Mencken with quote: The physical business of writing is unpleasant to me, but the psychic satisfaction of discharging ba...

The physical business of writing is unpleasant to me, but the psychic satisfaction of discharging bad ideas in worse English makes me forget it.

--H.L. Mencken

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