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)

Contributed by: Bill

A Quote by H. L. Mencken

I’m against slavery simply because I dislike slaves.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Contributed by: Bill

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)

Contributed by: Bill

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

Contributed by: Bill

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)

Contributed by: Bill

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)

Contributed by: Bill

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)

Contributed by: Bill

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

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by H. L. Mencken on emotion, fear, inferiority, and safety

The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by H. L. Mencken on conscience

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody is looking.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Contributed by: Zaady

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