Henry Lewis Mencken

(1880-1956 / Baltimore, Maryland)

Henry Lewis Mencken Quotes

  • ''Popularity—The capacity for listening sympathetically when men boast of their wives and women complain of their husbands.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).
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  • ''Every man sees in his relatives, and especially in his cousins, a series of grotesque caricatures of himself.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. repr. Prejudices, Third Series, "The Relative" (1922). Smart Set (New York, Aug. 1919).
  • ''Misogynist—A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 620, Knopf (1949).
  • ''Hope is a pathological belief in the occurrence of the impossible.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 617, Knopf (1949).
  • ''The real charm of the United States is that it is the only comic country ever heard of.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 623, Knopf (1949).
  • ''There are men so philosophical that they can see humor in their own toothaches. But there has never lived a man so philosophical that he could see the toothache in his own humor.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).
  • ''As the arteries grow hard, the heart grows soft.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).
  • ''It is impossible to think of a man of any actual force and originality, universally recognized as having those qualities, who spent his whole life appraising and describing the work of other men.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. repr. In Prejudices, Third Series (1922). "The Critical Process," Smart Set (New York, Dec. 1921).
  • ''Before a man speaks it is always safe to assume that he is a fool. After he speaks, it is seldom necessary to assume it.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).
  • ''The New LogicIt would be nice if it worked. Ergo, it will work.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 616, Knopf (1949).

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