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 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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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on age, distrust, familiarity, and wisdom

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on world

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The great artists of the world are never Puritans, and seldom even ordinarily respectable.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Source: Prejudices, First Series

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on books, people, and religion

There are some people who read too much: The bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as others are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing.

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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