H.L. Mencken

1880 - 1956

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 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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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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