H. L. Mencken

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.H. L. Mencken

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It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously.H. L. Mencken

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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

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An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.H. L. Mencken

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When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that the old source is abandoned. It merely means that the politicians have two ways of milking the taxpayer where they had one before.H. L. Mencken

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If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.H. L. Mencken

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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

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Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven.H. L. Mencken

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

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Whenever you hear a man speak of his love for his country, it is a sign that he expects to be paid for it.H. L. Mencken

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

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A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.H. L. Mencken

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

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A bad man is the sort who weeps every time he speaks of a good woman.H. L. Mencken

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

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

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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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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

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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

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

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The theory seems to be that as long as a man is a failure he is one of God's children, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the Devil.H. L. Mencken

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

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

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A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married.H. L. Mencken

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

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The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.H. L. Mencken

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

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Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.H. L. Mencken

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For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.H. L. Mencken

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

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