H.L. Mencken

1880 - 1956

A Quote by H. L. Mencken on discovery, errors, opposites, truth, and world

The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of the truth - that error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it has been cured of one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on experience, guidance, and observation

Experience is a poor guide to man, and is seldom followed. What really teaches a man is not experience, but observation.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on conscience

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on beginning, fighting, freedom, laws, oppression, time, and trouble

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells 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 affliction, ideas, and preparation

Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on laughter

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on government and liberty

All government, of course, is against liberty.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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

There is always an easy solution to every human problem-neat, plausible and wrong.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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