Henry Lewis Mencken
Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

The uge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

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Politics, as hopeful men practise it in the world, consists mainly of the delusion that a change in form is a change in substance.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

Voting ia simply a way of determining which side is the stronger without putting it to the test of fighting.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

When I hear a man applauded by the mob I always feel a pang of pity for him. All he has to do to be hissed is to live long enough.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

The chief business of the nation, as a nation, is the setting up of heroes, mostly bogus.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

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

- Henry Lewis Mencken

The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

Democracy is a form of religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

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

- Henry Lewis Mencken

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.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

What men value in this world is not rights, but privileges.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

There are no dull subjects. There are only dull writers.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

Metaphysics is almost always an attempt to prove the incredible by an appeal to the unintelligible.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

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Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

To die for an idea - it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

God is immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos; He will set them above their betters.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

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

- Henry Lewis Mencken

It takes a long while for a naturally trustful person to reconcile humself to the idea that after all God will not help him.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

The allurement that women hold out to men is precisely the allurement that Cape Hatteras holds out to sailors: they are enormously dangerous and hence enormously fascinating.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

Husbands never become good. They merely become proficient.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

Lawyer - one who protects us against robbers by taking away the temptation.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

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

- Henry Lewis Mencken

The idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

Say what you like about the Ten Comandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

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Friendship is a common belief in the same fallacies, mountebanks and hobgoblins.

- Henry Lewis Mencken

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