H.L. Mencken

1880 - 1956

A 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 with one who is.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken

I’m against slavery simply because I dislike slaves.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken

Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A 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.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken

The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Source: Baltimore Evening Sun, 26 July 1920

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken

It is a peculiarity of the American mind that it regards any excursion into the truth as an adventure into cynicism.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken

The instant I reach Heaven, I'm going to speak to God very sharply.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on jobs, men, and truth

I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Source: quoted by Samuel Goldwyn

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on curiosity, desires, dogs, good, ideas, injustice, men, motives, science, secrets, service, slavery, value, and world

The value the world sets upon motives is often grossly unjust and inaccurate. Consider, for example, two of them: mere insatiable curiosity and the desire to do good. The latter is put high above the former, and yet it is the former that moves one of the most useful men the human race has yet produced: the scientific investigator. What actually urges him on is not some brummagem idea of Service, but a boundless, almost pathological thirst to penetrate the unknown, to uncover the secret, to find out what has not been found out before. His prototype is not the liberator releasing slaves, the good Samaritan lifting up the fallen, but a dog sniffing tremendously at an infinite series of rat-holes.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Source: Reprinted in A Mencken Crestomathy,Vintage Books,NY,’82, 1st in Smart Set Aug’19

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on friendship, interest, marriage, profit, and trust

For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe. . . . Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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