Henry Lewis Mencken

(1880-1956 / Baltimore, Maryland)

Henry Lewis Mencken Quotes

  • ''In every woman's life there is one real and consuming love. But very few women guess which one it is.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 620, Knopf (1949).
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  • ''When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a good many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 231, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • ''Philosophy, as the modern world knows it, is only intellectual club-swinging.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 616, Knopf (1949).
  • ''The movies today are too rich to have any room for genuine artists. They produce a few passable craftsmen, but no artists. Can you imagine a Beethoven making $100,000 a year?''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Appendix from Moronia," Prejudices (1937).
  • ''The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 231, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • ''No one in this world, so far as I know ... has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Chicago Tribune (Sept. 19, 1926).
  • ''If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. First printed in the Smart Set, December 1921. "Epitaph," from A Mencken Chrestomathy, p. 627, Knopf (1949). He wrote this in the prime of life; I don't think it is his actual epitaph, just another sample of his wit.
  • ''Women always excel men in that sort of wisdom which comes from experience. To be a woman is in itself a terrible experience.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 232, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • ''There is a saying in Baltimore that crabs may be prepared in fifty ways and that all of them are good.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Happy Days, ch. IV, p. 58, Knopf (1940). Autobiography, vol. 1.
  • ''No reporter of my generation, whatever his genius, ever really rated spats and a walking stick until he had covered both a lynching and a revolution.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Heathen Days, ch. 13, p. 161, Knopf (1943). Autobiography, vol. 3.

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