H.L. Mencken

1880 - 1956

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 assumptions, dawn, desires, history, inspiration, knowledge, men, progress, and worth

It is common to assume that human progress affects everyone - that even the dullest man, in these bright days, knows more than any man of, say, the Eighteenth Century, and is far more civilized. This assumption is quite erroneous. . . . The great masses of men, even in this inspired republic, are precisely where the mob was at the dawn of history. They are ignorant, they are dishonest, they are cowardly, they are ignoble. They know little if anything that is worth knowing, and there is not the slightest sign of a natural desire among them to increase their knowledge.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on injustice and justice

Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is Justice.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on knowledge

We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on courage, facts, inferiority, liberty, lies, love, mind, quality, resolution, self-reliance, and wonder

The fact is that liberty, in any true sense, is a concept that lies quite beyond the reach of the inferior man's mind. And no wonder, for genuine liberty demands of its votaries a quality he lacks completely, and that is courage. The man who loves it must be willing to fight for it; blood, said Jefferson, is its natural manure. Liberty means self-reliance, it means resolution, it means the capacity for doing without . . . the average man doesn't want to be free. He wants to be safe.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on imagination, intelligence, and love

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on temptation

Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on good and women

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A man is called a good fellow for doing things which, if done by a woman, would land her in a lunatic asylum.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on democracy and men

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

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken

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

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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