H. L. Mencken Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous H. L. Mencken quotes and H. L. Mencken sayings, and H. L. Mencken proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what sting is justice."

"Husbands never become good; they merely become proficient."

"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."

"Adultery is the application of democracy to love."

"The theatre, when all is said and done, is not life in miniature, but life enormously magnified, life hideously exaggerated."

"Human progress is furthered, not by conformity, but by aberration."

"Lying is not only excusable; it is not only innocent; it is, above all, necessary and unavoidable. Without the ameliorations that it offers, life would become a mere syllogism and hence too metallic to be borne."

"The only cure for contempt is counter-contempt."

"Economic independence is the foundation of the only sort of freedom worth a damn."

"There are two kinds of books. Those that no one reads and those that no one ought to read."

"Equality before the law is probably forever unattainable. It is a noble ideal, but it can never be realized, for what men value in this world is not rights but privileges."

"Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence."

"Every man sees in his relatives, and especially in his cousins, a series of grotesque caricatures of himself."

"Women have simple tastes. They get pleasure out of the conversation of children in arms and men in love."

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

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