Henry Louis Mencken Sayings and Quotes

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


Sunday: A day given over by Americans to wishing that they themselves were dead and in Heaven, and that their neighbors were dead and in Hell     

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A man always remembers his first love with special tenderness, but after that he begins to bunch them     

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Every man is thoroughly happy twice in his life: just after he has met his first love, and just after he has left his last one.     

Henry Louis Mencken

Science, at bottom, is really anti-intellectual. It always distrusts pure reason, and demands the production of objective fact.     

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Adultery is the application of democracy to love.     

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Honor is simply the morality of superior men.     

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Every man is thoroughly happy twice in his life: just after he has met his first love, and just after he has left his last one     

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

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

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It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.     

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Voting is simply a way of determining which side is the stronger without putting it to the test of fighting.     

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The way to hold a husband is to keep him a little jealous; the way to lose him is to keep him a little more jealous.     

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Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.     

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You come into the world with nothing, and the purpose of your life is to make something out of nothing.     

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Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.     

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Every man sees in his relatives, and especially in his cousins, a series of grotesque caricatures of himself.     

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There is always an easy solution to every problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.     

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A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.     

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A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.     

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Don't overestimate the decency of the human race.     

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

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Correct spelling, indeed, is one of the arts that are far more esteemed by school ma'ams than by practical men, neck-deep in the heat and agony of the world.     

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A great nation is any mob of people which produces at least one honest man a century.     

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Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't they'd be married too.     

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The military caste did not originate as a party of patriots, but as a party of bandits.     

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