Henry Lewis Mencken

(1880-1956 / Baltimore, Maryland)

Henry Lewis Mencken Quotes

  • ''It costs more to maintain ten vices than one virtue.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).
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  • ''A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Minority Report: H.L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 13 (1956).
  • ''Chopin—Two embalmers at work upon a minor poet ... the scent of tuberoses ... Autumn rain.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the Smart Set (May 1912). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 26, p. 141, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • ''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).
  • ''The fact that I have no remedy for all the sorrows of the world is no reason for my accepting yours. It simply supports the strong probability that yours is a fake.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Minority Report: H.L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 78 (1956).
  • ''Whenever you hear a man speak of his love for his country it is a sign that he expects to be paid for it.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 231, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • ''Any defeat, however trivial, may be fatal to a savior of the plain people. They never admire a messiah with a bloody nose.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 623, Knopf (1949).
  • ''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).
  • ''When women kiss it always reminds one of prize-fighters shaking hands.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 232, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • ''The Americans are the illegitimate children of the English.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 626, Knopf (1949).

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