Quotes Categories

H. L. Mencken Quotes

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

The curse of man, and the cause of nearly all his woe, is his stupendous capacity for believing the incredible.

Category: Incredulity

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

Category: Juries

Injustice is relatively easy to bear what stings is justice.

Category: Justice

When women kiss it always reminds one of prize-fighters shaking hands.

Category: Kisses And Kissing

One horse-laugh is worth ten thousand syllogisms. It is not only more effective; it is also vastly more intelligent.

Category: Laughter

A judge is a law student who grades his own papers.

Category: Law And Lawyers

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

Category: Law And Lawyers

Legend : a lie that has attained the dignity of age.

Category: Legend

The idea that leisure is of value in itself is only conditionally true. The average man simply spends his leisure as a dog spends it. His recreations are all puerile, and the time supposed to benefit him really only stupefies him.

Category: Leisure

I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.

Category: Liberty

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.

Category: Lies And Lying

The truth that survives is simply the lie that is pleasantest to believe.

Category: Lies And Lying

Life is a dead-end street.

Category: Life And Living

Love is an emotion that is based on an opinion of women that is impossible for those who have had any experience with them.

Category: Love

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

Category: Love