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Quotations From H.L. (HENRY LEWIS) MENCKEN

 

  • 1.
    Every man is his own hell.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 617, Knopf (1949).
  • 2.
    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. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 231, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • 3.
    Jury—A group of twelve men who, having lied to the judge about their hearing, health, and business engagements, have failed to fool him.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 623, Knopf (1949).
  • 4.
    Sunday—A day given over by Americans to wishing that they themselves were dead and in Heaven, and that their neighbors were dead and in Hell.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 624, Knopf (1949).

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  • 5.
    ... a tin-horn politician with the manner of a rural corn doctor and the mien of a ham actor.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the Baltimore Evening Sun, June 15, 1920. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 16, p. 82, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • 6.
    Debussy—A pretty girl with one blue eye and one brown one.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the Smart Set (May 1912). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 26, p. 141, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).

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  • 7.
    The life of man in this world is like the life of a fly in a room filled with 100 boys, each armed with a fly-swatter.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).

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  • 8.
    In every woman's life there is one real and consuming love. But very few women guess which one it is.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 620, Knopf (1949).

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  • 9.
    When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a good many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 231, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).

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  • 10.
    Evil is that which one believes of others. It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 617, Knopf (1949).

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