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H. L. Mencken Quotes

(1880-1956), American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

The only cure for contempt is counter-contempt.

Category: Abuse

I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.

Category: Action

Adultery is the application of democracy to love.

Category: Adultery

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

Category: Age And Aging

On one issue at least, men and women agree; they both distrust women.

Category: Agreement

A prohibitionist is the sort of man one couldn't care to drink with, even if he drank.

Category: Alcohol And Alcoholism

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

Category: Alimony

It is impossible to believe that the same God who permitted His own son to die a bachelor regards celibacy as an actual sin.

Category: Bachelor

Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't, they'd be married too.

Category: Bachelor

Bachelors have consciences, married men have wives.

Category: Bachelor

It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.

Category: Belief

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry.

Category: Birth Control

The chief knowledge that a man gets from reading books is the knowledge that very few of them are worth reading.

Category: Books And Reading

There are people who read too much: bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing.

Category: Books And Reading

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

Category: Books And Reading