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It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion;
by H. L. Mencken

It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion;
it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.
- H. L. Mencken

I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie.
I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave.
And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
- H.L. Mencken

We must respect the other fellow's religion,
but only in the sense and to the extent
that we respect his theory that
his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
- H. L. Mencken

It takes a long while for a naturally trustful person
to reconcile himself to the idea that
after all God will not help him
- H. L. Mencken

 

Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age.
- H. L. Mencken

The believing mind is eternally impervious to evidence.
- H. L. Mencken

Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband
a month before she marries him
and what she thinks of him a year afterward,
and you will have the truth about him.
- H. L. Mencken

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Marriage is a wonderful institution,
but who would want to live in an institution?
- H. L. Mencken

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy,
but that it is a bore.
It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
- H. L. Mencken

The urge to save humanity is almost always
a false front for the urge to rule.
- H. L. Mencken

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
- H. L. Mencken

Life is a constant oscillation
between the sharp horns of dilemmas.
- H. L. Mencken

For centuries, theologians have been explaining
the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.
- H. L. Mencken

Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.
- H. L. Mencken

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
- H. L. Mencken

A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
- H. L. Mencken

The objection to Puritans is not that
they try to make us think as they do,
but that they try to make us do as they think.
- H. L. Mencken

Men have a much better time of it than women.
For one thing, they marry later; for another thing,
they die earlier.
- H. L. Mencken

Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.
- H. L. Mencken

The worst government is often the most moral.
One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane.
But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.
- H. L. Mencken

Bachelors know more about women than married men;
if they didn't they'd be married too.
- H. L. Mencken

Puritanism. The haunting fear that
someone, somewhere, may be happy.
- H. L. Mencken

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for;
as for me,
I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
- H. L. Mencken

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief
in the occurrence of the improbable.
- H. L. Mencken

War will never cease until babies begin to come into
the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.
- H. L. Mencken

Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.
- H. L. Mencken

It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise,
just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine
it run by a board of gods.
- H. L. Mencken

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
- H. L. Mencken

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
- H. L. Mencken

Happiness is the china shop; love is the bull.
- H. L. Mencken

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
- H. L. Mencken

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers,
looks around for a coffin.
- H. L. Mencken

For every complex problem,
there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.
- H.L. Mencken

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.
- H. L. Mencken

Morality is the theory that every human act
must be either right or wrong,
and that 99 % of them are wrong.
- H. L. Mencken

It is even harder for the average ape to believe that
he has descended from man.
- H. L. Mencken

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 or chemistry.
- H. L. Mencken

A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence
and yet keep both ears to the ground.
- H. L. Mencken

It is hard for the ape to believe he descended from man.
- H. L. Mencken

We are here and it is now.
Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine.
- H. L. Mencken

A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more
ignorant and the crazy crazier.
- H. L. Mencken

Every man is his own hell.
- H. L. Mencken

Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one,
as yet, is suspicious.
- H. L. Mencken

We must be willing to pay a price for freedom.
- H. L. Mencken

Archbishop - A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior
to that attained by Christ.
- H. L. Mencken

A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of,
with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in.
- H. L. Mencken

Women always excel men in that sort of wisdom which comes from experience.
To be a woman is in itself a terrible experience.
- H. L. Mencken

I believe that all government is evil,
and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
- H. L. Mencken

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

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.
- H. L. Mencken

Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
- H. L. Mencken

Time stays, we go.
- H. L. Mencken

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being
good at billiards or golf.
- H. L. Mencken

Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time.
- H. L. Mencken

Communism, like any other revealed religion,
is largely made up of prophecies.
- H. L. Mencken

A professor must have a theory as a dog must have fleas.
- H. L. Mencken

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

Honor is simply the morality of superior men.
- H. L. Mencken

Nine times out of ten, in the arts as in life,
there is actually no truth to be discovered;
there is only error to be exposed.
- H. L. Mencken

No married man is genuinely happy if he has to drink
worse whisky than he used to drink when he was single.
- H. L. Mencken

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking.
- H. L. Mencken

One may no more live in the world without picking up
the moral prejudices of the world than one will be
able to go to hell without perspiring.
- H. L. Mencken

Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in
terms of the not worth knowing.
- H. L. Mencken

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

The only really happy folk are married women and single men.
- H. L. Mencken

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

To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia -
to mistake an ordinary young woman for a goddess.
- H. L. Mencken

Let's not burn the universities yet.
After all, the damage they do might be worse.
- H. L. Mencken

It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything.
I am strongly in favor of common sense,
common honesty, and common decency.
This makes me forever ineligible for public office.
- H. L. Mencken

The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear -
fear of the unknown,
the complex, the inexplicable.
What he wants above everything else is safety.
- H. L. Mencken

I never lecture, not because I am shy or a bad speaker,
but simply because I detest the sort of people who
go to lectures and don't want to meet them.
- H. L. Mencken


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