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56 Famous Quotes by H. L. Mencken
9/12/1880 - 1/29/1956
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H.L. Mencken     Henry Louis Mencken     William Drayham
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Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

Government Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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The truth that survives is simply the lie that is pleasantest to believe.

Lying Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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Remorse is regret that one waited so long to do it.

Remorse Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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Don't overestimate the decency of the human race.

Decency Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.

Rebellion Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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Imagine the Creator as a low comedian, and at once the world becomes explicable.

God Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

Justice Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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Love: the delusion that one woman differs from another.

Love Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.

Military Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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Morality is the theory that every h uman act must be either right or wrong, and that 99 % of them are wrong.

Morals Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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Temptation is a woman's weapon and man's excuse.

Temptations Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking.

Conscience Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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It is a sin to believe in the evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.

Evil Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.

Heroism Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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Writing books is certainly a most unpleasant occupation. It is lonesome, unsanitary, and maddening. Many authors go crazy.

Occupation Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.

Religion Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed [and hence clamorous to be led to safety] by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

Politics / government Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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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.

Politics / government Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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

Age Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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I never agree with Communists or any other kind of kept men.

Communism Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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

Conscience Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

Court Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.

Cynic Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven.

Democracy Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act even when it has worked.

Difference Quotes, by H. L. Mencken

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