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 6
It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously.
All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.
What men value in this world is not rights but privileges.
To die for an idea it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!
The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.
Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a moveable body.
On one issue at least, men and women agree; they both distrust women.
A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.
We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.
Experience is a poor guide to man, and is seldom followed. What really teaches a man is not experience, but observation.
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