H.L. Mencken

1880 - 1956

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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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on conscience

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

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on facts, lies, life, money, value, and world

The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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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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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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