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 2
The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety.
Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?
It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods.
The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore.
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.
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