Henry Lewis Mencken

(1880-1956 / Baltimore, Maryland)

Henry Lewis Mencken Quotes

  • ''The lunatic fringe wags the underdog.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Sententiæ: The Citizen and the State," A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Historian—An unsuccessful novelist.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Sententiæ: The Mind of Men," A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949).
  • ''The first kiss is stolen by the man; the last is begged by the woman.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 619, Knopf (1949).
  • ''A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Sententiæ: The Mind of Men," A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949).
  • ''Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 617, Knopf (1949).
  • ''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).
  • ''Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 619, Knopf (1949).

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