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We must respect the other fellow's religion,
by 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

Related topics: Wisdom Open Opinion Perspective

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

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

 

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

The believing mind is eternally impervious to evidence.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
- 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 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

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adultery is the application of democracy to love.
- H. L. Mencken

Man is always looking for someone to boast to;
woman is always looking for a shoulder to put her head on.
- H. L. Mencken

I confess I enjoy democracy immensely.
It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing.
- H. L. Mencken

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
- H. L. Mencken

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

A society made up of individuals who were all capable
of original thought would probably be unendurable.
- H. L. Mencken

Have you ever watched a crab on the shore crawling
backward in search of the Atlantic Ocean,
and missing? That's the way the mind of man operates.
- H. L. Mencken

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

The only cure for contempt is counter-contempt.
- H. L. Mencken

I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.
- H. L. Mencken

The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately
in the palpably not true.
It is the chief occupation of mankind.
- H. L. Mencken

If women believed in their husbands they would be a
good deal happier and also a good deal more foolish.
- H. L. Mencken

Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone,
and (b) that is not true.
- 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

The chief value of money lies in the fact that one
lives in a world in which it is overestimated.
- H. L. Mencken

No matter how long he lives, no man ever becomes as
wise as the average woman of forty-eight.
- H. L. Mencken

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

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

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

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

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

I never smoked a cigarette until I was nine.
- H. L. Mencken

Every normal man must be tempted, at times,
to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
and begin slitting throats.
- H. L. Mencken

There is a saying in Baltimore that crabs may be prepared
in fifty ways and that all of them are good.
- H. L. Mencken

Say what you will about the ten commandments,
you must always come back to the pleasant fact that
there are only ten of them.
- H. L. Mencken

Man is a beautiful machine that works very badly.
- H. L. Mencken

The cynics are right nine times out of ten.
- H. L. Mencken

Husbands never become good; they merely become proficient.
- H. L. Mencken

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.
- H. L. Mencken

To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble.
But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!
- H. L. Mencken

In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.
- H. L. Mencken

Temptation is a woman's weapon and man's excuse.
- H. L. Mencken

Wealth - any income that is at least one hundred dollars
more a year than the income of one's wife's sister's husband.
- H. L. Mencken

Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.
- H. L. Mencken


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