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Quotations From H.L. (HENRY LEWIS) MENCKEN

 

  • 91.
    Alimony—The ransom that the happy pay to the devil.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 232, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).

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  • 92.
    Living with a dog is messy—like living with an idealist.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 616, Knopf (1949).

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  • 93.
    What men value in this world is not rights but privileges.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Minority Report: H.L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 36 (1956).

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  • 94.
    When a woman says she won't, it's a good sign that she will. And when she says she will, it is an even better sign.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 619, Knopf (1949).

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  • 95.
    War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Minority Report: H.L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 164 (1956).

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  • 96.
    Lincoln becomes the American solar myth, the chief butt of American credulity and sentimentality.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the Smart Set (May 1920). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 15, p. 78, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • 97.
    The editors are committed to nothing save this: to keep common sense as fast as they can, to belabor sham as agreeably as possible, to give civilized entertainment.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in American Mercury. A Carnival of Buncombe, Introduction, p. xiv, The Johns Hopkins Press (1956). Statement of purpose in first issue.
  • 98.
    The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Minority Report: H.L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 273 (1956).

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  • 99.
    Judge—A law student who marks his own examination-papers.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 233, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • 100.
    The war on privilege will never end. Its next great campaign will be against the privileges of the underprivileged.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 621, Knopf (1949).

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