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40 Famous Quotes by Henry Louis Mencken

If you want peace, work for justice.

Justice Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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

First love Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes she were not.

Women Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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Only a government that is rich and safe can afford to be a democracy, for democracy is the most expensive and nefarious kind of government ever heard of on earth.

Government Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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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.

Materialism Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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Adultery is the application of democracy to love

Adultery Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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Remorse is regret that one waited so long to do it

Remorse Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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Who ever heard, indeed, of an autobiography that was not (interesting)? I can recall none in all the literature of the world

Autobiography Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.

Belief Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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I give you Chicago. It is not London and Harvard. It is not Paris and buttermilk. It is American in every chitling and sparerib. It is alive from snout to tail.

Chicago Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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There is something even more valuable to civilization than wisdom, and that is character

Civilization Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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

Conscience Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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The cynics are right nine times out of ten.

Cynicism Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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I believe that all government is evil, in that all government must necessarily make war on liberty, and that the democratic government is at least as bad as any of the other forms

Government Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

Government Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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Idealist: One who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup

Idealism Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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There is only one honest impulse at the bottom of Puritanism, and that is the impulse to punish the man with a superior capacity for happiness

Impulses Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice

Injustice Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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You can't kiss an oil well.

Kissing Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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The Liberals have many tails, and chase them all

Liberalism Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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

Mankind Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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Belief in our mortality, the sense that we are eventually going to crack up and be extinguished like the flame of a candle, I say, is a gloriously fine thing. It makes us sober; it makes us a little sad; and many of us it makes poetic. But above all,

Mortality Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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Going to school does not make a person educated, any more than going to a garage makes a person a car

Schools Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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Sunday School: A prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents

Schools Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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

Science Quotes, by Henry Louis Mencken

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