30 Influential H. L. Mencken Quotes

Let’s look back at the career of one of the most popular names in literature with this collection of H. L. Mencken quotes.

Henry Louis Mencken was born on September 12, 1880. He was one of the most influential critics of the American literature in the 1920s.

An admirer of Friedrich Nietzsche, Mencken showed enthusiasm for militarism. He questioned cultural, social, and political views in most of his writings, including his own column in The Evening Sun.

In 1948, Mencken was forced to retire following a stroke which took away his reading and writing abilities. He died on January 29, 1956.

I know some who are constantly drunk on books as other men are drunk on whiskey.

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No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.

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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.

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Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.

To be in love is merely to be in a state of perpetual anesthesia – to mistake an ordinary young woman for a goddess.

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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.

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

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

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Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.

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There is always a well-known solution to every human problem–neat, plausible, and wrong.

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

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A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.

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Truth would quickly cease to be stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it.

Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a movable body.

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A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there.

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On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

The best teacher is not the one who knows most but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful.

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I am suspicious of all the things that the average people believes.

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Adultery is the application of democracy to love.

Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.

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Every man is his own hell.

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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.

The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.

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Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

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Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.

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Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

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Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time.

A professor must have a theory as a dog must have fleas.

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