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H. L. Mencken Quotes

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

The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy.

Category: Democracy

I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing.

Category: Democracy

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

Category: Democracy

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

Category: Democracy

Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.

Category: Doubt

The lunatic fringe wags the underdog.

Category: Eccentricity

It is hard for the ape to believe he descended from man.

Category: Evolution

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.

Category: Faith

A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.

Category: Fame

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

Category: Family

No one hates his job so heartily as a farmer.

Category: Farming And Farmers

No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not.

Category: Flirting

We must be willing to pay a price for freedom.

Category: Freedom

A gentlemen is one who never strikes a woman without provocation.

Category: Gentlemen

God is the 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.

Category: God