H.L. Mencken

1880 - 1956

A Quote by H. L. Mencken on facts, reason, remedies, and world

The fact that I have no remedy for all the sorrows of the world is no reason for my accepting yours. It simply supports the strong probability that yours is a fake.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken

No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on time

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Time is the great legalizer, even in the field of morals.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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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 art and democracy

Democracy is the art form of running the circus from the monkey cage.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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