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Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.

H. L. Mencken

The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth--that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one.

H. L. Mencken

For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe... Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end.

H. L. Mencken

The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.

Henry L. Mencken

Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.

H. L. Mencken

Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.

H. L. Mencken

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.

H. L. Mencken

We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.

H. L. Mencken

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.

H. L. Mencken

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.

H. L. Mencken

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

H. L. Mencken

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

H. L. Mencken

There is always an easy solution to every human problem -- neat, plausible, and wrong.

H. L. Mencken

Imagine the Creator as a low comedian, and at once the world becomes explicable.

H. L. Mencken

Sunday: A day given over by Americans to wishing they were dead and in heaven, and that their neighbors were dead and in hell.

H. L. Mencken

Husbands never become good; they merely become proficient.

H. L. Mencken

Wife: a former sweetheart.

H. L. Mencken

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another

H. L. Mencken

Lawer: one who protects us against robbery by taking away the temptation.

H. L. Mencken

Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists.

H. L. Mencken

And what is a good citizen? Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual. Schools are maintained in order to bring this uniformity up to the highest possible point. A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender; therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber-stamps.

H. L. Mencken

Judge: a law student who marks his own papers.

H. L. Mencken

Henry James would have been vastly improved as a novelist by a few whiffs of the Chicago stockyard.

H. L. Mencken

To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia.

H. L. Mencken

The men the American public admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.

H. L. Mencken
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