Henry Lewis Mencken

(1880-1956 / Baltimore, Maryland)

Henry Lewis Mencken Quotes

  • ''Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Originally published in A Little Book in C Major (1916). A Mencken Chrestomathy, "Sententiae: The Mind of Men," (1949).
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  • ''The Woodrovian style, at the height of the Wilson hallucination, was much praised by cornfed connoisseurs.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the Smart Set (January 1921). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 20, p. 118, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • ''Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 626, Knopf (1949).
  • ''It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Prejudices, ch. 1, Second Series (1920).
  • ''We are here and it is now: further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).
  • ''One does not arise from such a book as Sister Carrie with a smirk of satisfaction; one leaves it infinitely touched.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in A Book of Prefaces (1916). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 7, p. 54, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956). In an essay on Theodore Dreiser.
  • ''Congress consists of one-third, more or less, scoundrels; two-thirds, more or less, idiots; and three-thirds, more or less, poltroons.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 621, Knopf (1949).
  • ''When a husband's story is believed, he begins to suspect his wife.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 620, Knopf (1949).
  • ''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).
  • ''Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Prejudices, ch. 3, Third Series (1922).

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