H.L. Mencken

1880 - 1956

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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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on bachelors, men, and women

Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't, they'd be married too.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on marriage

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on fear and happiness

Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Source: A Book of Burlesques, 1920

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on feeling, security, and suspicion

Self-repect -The secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on laughter, life, and women

How little it takes to make life unbearable: a pebble in the shoe, a cockroach in the spaghetti, a woman's laugh.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on body, force, temptation, and work

Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a moveable body.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on christianity, giving, good, and men

Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on death and life

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Life is a dead-end street.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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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)

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