Henry Lewis Mencken

(1880-1956 / Baltimore, Maryland)

Henry Lewis Mencken Quotes

  • ''When I reach the shades at last it will no doubt astonish Satan to discover, on thumbing my dossier, that I was a member of the Y.M.C.A.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Heathen Days, ch. 3, p. 27, Knopf (1943). Autobiography, vol. 3.
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  • ''An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 231, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • ''Puccini—Silver macaroni, exquisitely tangled''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the Smart Set (May 1912). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 26, p. 141, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • ''The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. repr. in A Mencken Chrestomathy, pt. 9 (1949). "Its Origins," Notes on Democracy (1926).
  • ''I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. repr. in A Mencken Chrestomathy, pt. 9 (1949). "Last Words," Notes on Democracy (1926).
  • ''Kipling, the grandson of a Methodist preacher, reveals the tin-pot evangelist with increasing clarity as youth and its ribaldries pass away and he falls back upon his fundamentals.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in a Book of Prefaces (1916). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 7, p. 51, ed. by Alistair Cooke, Vintage (TK). In an essay on Theodore Dreiser.
  • ''Never let your inferiors do you a favor. It will be extremely costly.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 231, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • ''Psychotherapy—The theory that the patient will probably get well anyway, and is certainly a damned ijjit.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 233, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956). Yes, ijjit!
  • ''Women have simple tastes. They can get pleasure out of the conversation of children in arms and men in love.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 232, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • ''A man always remembers his first love with special tenderness. But after that he begins to bunch them.''
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 232, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).

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