H. L. Mencken

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Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was a German-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. As a scholar Mencken is known for The American Language, a multi-volume study of how the English language is spoken in the United States. His satirical reporting on the Scopes trial, which he dubbed the "Monkey Trial", also gained him attention. He commented widely on the social scene, literature, music, prominent politicians and contemporary movements. As an admirer of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, he was a detractor of religion, populism and representative democracy, which he believed was a system in which inferior men dominated their superiors. Mencken ... More

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H. L. Mencken #Age #Wisdom

Photo of H. L. Mencken The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
H. L. Mencken #Age #History

Photo of H. L. Mencken Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age.
H. L. Mencken #Anniversary #Marriage #Truth

Photo of H. L. Mencken Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.
H. L. Mencken #Art #Government #Science

Photo of H. L. Mencken Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
H. L. Mencken #Best

Photo of H. L. Mencken A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in.
H. L. Mencken #Funny

Photo of H. L. Mencken It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.
H. L. Mencken #Funny #Marriage

Photo of H. L. Mencken Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?
H. L. Mencken #Experience #Men #Wisdom #Women

Photo of H. L. Mencken 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. Mencken #Failure #God

Photo of H. L. Mencken The theory seems to be that as long as a man is a failure he is one of God's children, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the Devil.
H. L. Mencken #Faith

Photo of H. L. Mencken Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
H. L. Mencken #Freedom

Photo of H. L. Mencken We must be willing to pay a price for freedom.
H. L. Mencken #Fear

Photo of H. L. Mencken The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety.
H. L. Mencken #Funny

Photo of H. L. Mencken Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
H. L. Mencken #God #Imagination

Photo of H. L. Mencken It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods.
H. L. Mencken #God

Photo of H. L. Mencken The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore.
H. L. Mencken #Good

Photo of H. L. Mencken Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
H. L. Mencken #Good

Photo of H. L. Mencken A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
H. L. Mencken #Good #Men

Photo of H. L. Mencken Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.
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Photo of H. L. Mencken It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf.
H. L. Mencken #Good #Time

Photo of H. L. Mencken A bad man is the sort who weeps every time he speaks of a good woman.
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Photo of H. L. Mencken Husbands never become good they merely become proficient.
H. L. Mencken #Good #Women

Photo of H. L. Mencken If women believed in their husbands they would be a good deal happier and also a good deal more foolish.
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Photo of H. L. Mencken There is a saying in Baltimore that crabs may be prepared in fifty ways and that all of them are good.
H. L. Mencken #Government

Photo of H. L. Mencken Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
H. L. Mencken #Government #Time

Photo of H. L. Mencken I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.