H.l. Mencken Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old h.l. mencken quotes, h.l. mencken sayings, and h.l. mencken proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Injustice is relatively easy to bear; it is justice that hurts.      

H.L. Mencken

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it.     

H.L. Mencken

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.     

H.L. Mencken

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.     

H.L. Mencken

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule and both commonly succeed, and are right.     

H.L. Mencken

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.     

H.L. Mencken

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

H.L. Mencken

Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.     

H.L. Mencken

I know some who are constantly drunk on books as other men are drunk on whiskey.     

H.L. Mencken

Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.     

H.L. Mencken

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

H.L. Mencken

Immortality is the condition of a dead man who doesn't believe he is dead.     

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Immortality is the condition of a dead man who doesn't believe he is dead.     

H.L. Mencken

The central belief of every moron is that he is the victim of a mysterious conspiracy against his common rights and true deserts.     

H.L. Mencken

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

H.L. Mencken

Inaction, save as a measure of recuperation between bursts of activity, is painful and dangerous to the healthy organism - in fact, it is almost impossible. Only the dying can he really idle.     

H.L. Mencken

Little Connecticut, with but 4,800 square miles of area, lies just outside New York City, and is made up, in almost equal parts, of golf links and squalid factory towns.     

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It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry.     

H.L. Mencken