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 7
Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't, they'd be married too.
Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.
An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
The fact is that liberty, in any true sense, is a concept that lies quite beyond the reach of the inferior man's mind. And no wonder, for genuine liberty demands of its votaries a quality he lacks completely, and that is courage. The man who loves it must be willing to fight for it; blood, said Jefferson, is its natural manure. Liberty means self-reliance, it means resolution, it means the capacity for doing without ... the average man doesn't want to be free. He wants to be safe.
After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations.
If there were only three women left in the world, two of them would immediately convene a court-martial to try the other one.
Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.
Democracy the domination of unreflective and timorous men, moved in vast herds by mob conditions.
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