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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A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

Alimony - the ransom that the happy pay to the devil.

In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.

When women kiss it always reminds one of prize fighters shaking hands.

The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.

Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.

A cynic is a man who when he smells flowers looks around for a coffin.

All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.

Bachelors know more about women than married men, if they didn't they'd be married too.

I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk.

I never smoked a cigarette until I was nine.

Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone somewhere may be happy.

Most people are unable to write because they are unable to think and they are unable to think because they congenitally lack the equipment to do so just as they congenitally lack the equipment to fly over the moon.

The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.

Man is a beautiful machine that works very badly.

It is hard for the ape to believe he descended from man.

An idealist is one who on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage concludes that it will also make better soup.

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins all of them imaginary.

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