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H. L. Mencken
Henry Mencken
H. L. Mencken.
BornSeptember 12, 1880
Baltimore, Maryland
DiedJanuary 29, 1956
Baltimore, Maryland
American journalist, humorist, and social critic. Editor of the Baltimore Sun and many years a columnist for that and other newspapers. Famous for his sharp, biting wit.

The repository contains 50 quotes from H. L. Mencken.
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Every normal man must be tempted at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

Politics and Government

The only way a reporter should look at a politician is down.

Politics and Government

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.

Politics and Government

Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.


For every difficult problem there’s a solution that’s simple, neat and wrong.

Politics and Government

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


He marries best who puts it off until it is too late.


Courtroom: A place where Jesus Christ and Judas Iscariot would be equals, with the betting odds favoring Judas.


Lawyer: One who protects us from robbers by taking away the temptation.


Jury: A group of twelve people, who, having lied to the judge about their health, hearing, and business engagements, have failed to fool him.


All the errors and incompetencies of the Creator reach their climax in man.


It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.

Growing Old

The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

Politics and Government

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule—and both commonly succeed, and are right.


Truth: something somehow discreditable to someone.

Media and News

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

Men and Women

When women kiss it always reminds one of prizefighters shaking hands.

Science and Technology

Penetrating so many secrets, we cease to believe in the unknowable. But there it sits nonetheless, calmly licking its chops.


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


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

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