H. L. Mencken Quotes

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Henry Louis Mencken was an American journalist and satirist known as the Sage of Baltimore.

Born September 12, 1880
Died January 29, 1956

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Best 20 Quotes by H. L. Mencken

“All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.”

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“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.”

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

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“A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.”

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“An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.”

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

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“Genius: the ability to prolong one's childhood.”

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“I am suspicious of all the things that the average person believes.”

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“If the average man is made in God's image, then such a man as Beethoven or Aristotle is plainly superior to God...”

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“Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?”

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“Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.”

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“Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.”

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“My guess is that well over 80 percent of the human race goes without having a single original thought.”

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“Nevertheless, it is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.”

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“No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not.”

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“On one issue, at least, men and women agree: they both distrust women.”

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“Religion is a conceited effort to deny the most obvious realities.”

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“The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.”

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“When somebody says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.”

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“You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.”

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