H.L. Mencken

1880 - 1956

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 efficiency, facts, and secrets

The fact that a human brain of high amperage, otherwise highly efficient, may have a hole in it is surely not a secret.

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

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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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on problems, simplicity, and solution

For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Source: quoted by Samuel Goldwyn

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on criticism and prejudice

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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