Quotations From H.L. (HENRY LEWIS) MENCKEN

 

  • A skeptic as to all ideas, including especially my own, I have never suffered a pang when the ideas of some other imbecile prevailed.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the Smart Set (April 1920). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 14, p. 76, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • Lawyer—One who protects us against robbers by taking away the temptation.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 623, Knopf (1949).
  • Before a man speaks it is always safe to assume that he is a fool. After he speaks, it is seldom necessary to assume it.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).
  • Hope is a pathological belief in the occurrence of the impossible.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 617, Knopf (1949).

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  • Misogynist—A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 620, Knopf (1949).

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  • Self-respect—The secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Sententiæ: The Mind of Men," A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949).

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  • Popularity—The capacity for listening sympathetically when men boast of their wives and women complain of their husbands.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).

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  • Morality is the theory that every human act must be either right or wrong, and that 99% of them are wrong.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 617, Knopf (1949).
  • Friendship is a common belief in the same fallacies, mountebanks and hobgoblins.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 616, Knopf (1949).
  • Nothing is so abject and pathetic as a politician who has lost his job, save only a retired stud-horse.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Sententiæ: The Citizen and the State," A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949).

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