H. L. Mencken

H. L. Mencken

Henry Louis Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was an American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English. Known as the "Sage of Baltimore", he is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century.

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What men value in this world is not rights but privileges.

All government of course is against liberty.

Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.

Time stays we go.

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.

I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.

A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats.

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.

Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.

Don't overestimate the decency of the human race.

Husbands never become good, they merely become proficient.

I believe that all government is evil and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.

Each party steals so many articles of faith from the other and the candidates spend so much time making each other's speeches that by the time election day is past there is nothing much to do save turn the sitting rascals out and let a new gang in.

Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing they marry later, for another thing they die earlier.

Every man sees in his relatives and especially in his cousins a series of grotesque caricatures of himself.

Women always excel men in that sort of wisdom which comes from experience. To be a woman is in itself a terrible experience.

Every man is his own hell.

Have you ever watched a crab on the shore crawling backward in search of the Atlantic Ocean and missing? That's the way the mind of man operates.

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