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Quotations From H.L. (HENRY LEWIS) MENCKEN

 

  • 61.
    A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 625, Knopf (1949).

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  • 62.
    Husbands never become good; they merely become proficient.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Sententiæ: Masculum et Feminam Creavit Eos," A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949).
  • 63.
    Whenever a husband and wife begin to discuss their marriage they are giving evidence at a coroner's inquest.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Sententiæ: Masculum et Feminam Creavit Eos," A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949).

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  • 64.
    No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Sententiæ: Masculum et Feminam Creavit Eos," A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949).

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  • 65.
    No one hates his job so heartily as a farmer.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "What Is Going on in the World," American Mercury (Nov. 1933).
  • 66.
    One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to hell without perspiring.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Scientific Examination of a Popular Virtue," Prejudices, Second Series (1920).

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  • 67.
    Remorse—Regret that one waited so long to do it.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).
  • 68.
    If Los Angeles is not the one authentic rectum of civilization, then I am no anatomist. Any time you want to go out again and burn it down, count me in.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Letter, March 15, 1927, to F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, on their return from working in Hollywood. Quoted in James R. Mellon, Invented Lives (1984).

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  • 69.
    Bachelors have consciences. Married men have wives.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 621, Knopf (1949).
  • 70.
    Theology—An effort to explain the unknowable by putting it into terms of the not worth knowing.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Sententiæ: Arcana Coelestia," A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949).
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