H. L. Mencken
American journalist and writer (1880–1956)
Henry Louis Mencken was an American journalist, essayist, satirist, cultural critic, and scholar of American English. He commented widely on the social scene, literature, music, prominent politicians, and contemporary movements. His satirical reporting on the Scopes Trial, which he dubbed the "Monkey Trial", also gained him attention.
H. L. Mencken Quotes Page 4
No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.
On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.
There are men so philosophical that they can see humor in their own toothaches. But there has never lived a man so philosophical that he could see the toothache in his own humor.
Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine.
The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.
Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.
Women have simple tastes. They get pleasure out of the conversation of children in arms and men in love.
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