H.L. Mencken

1880 - 1956

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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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on home, lies, and people

A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on honor and regret

The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on boredom, depression, and life

The average man gets his living by such depressing devices that boredom becomes a sort of natural state to him.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on accidents, discovery, happiness, joy, and writing

To the man with an ear for verbal delicacies- the man who searches painfully for the perfect word, and puts the way of saying a thing above the thing said - there is in writing the constant joy of sudden discovery, of happy accident.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken

An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on men

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All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on belief

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It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on animals and boredom

The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on celebrity

A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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