H.L. Mencken

1880 - 1956

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 catholicism, mathematics, physics, pregnancy, and women

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Source: Notebooks, "Minority Report". Mermin, Norman David (1935 -)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on design and people

Bridges would not be safer if only people who knew the proper definition of a real number were allowed to design them.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Source: "Topological Theory of Defects" in Review of Modern Physics, v. 51 no. 3, July 1979.

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on cynicism

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken

Do not overestimate the decency of the human race.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on democracy, good, people, and theory

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Source: A Book of Burlesques, 1920

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on belief and good

After all, why be good? How many will actually believe it of us?

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on women and world

If there were only three women left in the world, two of them would immediately convene a court-martial to try the other one.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on cats, men, prudence, timidity, and women

Women do not like timid men. Cats do not like prudent rats.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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

Without a doubt there are women who would vote intelligently. There are also men who knit socks beautifully.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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