H.L. Mencken

1880 - 1956

A Quote by H. L. Mencken on democracy, success, and trying

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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

Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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

On one issue at least, men and women agree; they both distrust women.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on children, conversation, love, men, pleasure, simplicity, and women

Women have simple tastes. They can get pleasure out of the conversation of children in arms and men in love.

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 departure, forgiveness, and thought

If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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

A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on aim, politics, practicality, and safety

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed [and hence clamorous to be led to safety] by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Source: Defense of Women, 1923

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