H.L. Mencken

1880 - 1956

A Quote by H. L. Mencken on humanity

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on babies, war, and world

War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on belief, lies, survival, and truth

The truth that survives is simply the lie that is pleasantest to believe.

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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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on progress and taxes

Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on quotations

After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on children, religion, respect, theory, and wives

We must repsect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children are smart.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on elections and sales

Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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