Henry Lewis Mencken

(1880-1956 / Baltimore, Maryland)

Henry Lewis Mencken Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''The aim of New Deals is to exterminate the class of creditors and thrust all men into that of debtors. It is like trying to breed cattle with all cows and no bulls.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 623, Knopf (1949).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''A bad man is the sort who weeps every time he speaks of a good woman.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).
  • ''Bachelors know more about women than married men. If they didn't they'd be married, too.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Sententiæ: Masculum et Feminam Creavit Eos," A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949).
  • ''Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing, they marry later, for another thing, they die earlier.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Sententiæ: Masculum et Feminam Creavit Eos," A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949).
  • ''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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