Henry Lewis Mencken

(1880-1956 / Baltimore, Maryland)

Henry Lewis Mencken Quotes

  • ''Our literature, despite several false starts that promised much, is chiefly remarkable, now as always, for its respectable mediocrity.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. "The National Letters," from Prejudices: Second Series, ch. 1, p. 15, Knopf (1920).
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  • ''Thanksgiving Day—A day devoted by persons with inflammatory rheumatism to thanking a loving Father that it is not hydrophobia.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).
  • ''Since the Civil War its six states have produced fewer political ideas, as political ideas run in the Republic, than any average county in Kansas or Nebraska.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. "The National Letters," from Prejudices: Second Series, ch. 1, p. 71, Knopf (1920).
  • ''The theory seems to be that so long as a man is a failure he is one of God's chillun, but that as soon as he has any luck he owes it to the Devil.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 623, Knopf (1949).
  • ''I do not believe in democracy, but I am perfectly willing to admit that it provides the only really amusing form of government ever endured by mankind.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, preface, p. viii, Knopf (1949).
  • ''Nature abhors a moron.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 616, Knopf (1949).
  • ''In the long run all battles are lost, and so are all wars.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 625, Knopf (1949).
  • ''Every failure teaches a man something, to wit, that he will probably fail again next time.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 617, Knopf (1949).
  • ''In the duel of sex woman fights from a dreadnought and man from an open raft.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 619, Knopf (1949).
  • ''Love begins like a triolet and ends like a college yell.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 620, Knopf (1949).

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