Quotations From H.L. (HENRY LEWIS) MENCKEN


 

  • The fact that I have no remedy for all the sorrows of the world is no reason for my accepting yours. It simply supports the strong probability that yours is a fake.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Minority Report: H.L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 78 (1956).

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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. (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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  • Man weeps to think that he will die so soon; woman, that she was born so long ago.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 621, Knopf (1949).

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  • Poetry has done enough when it charms, but prose must also convince.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, essayist. Prejudices, Third Series, Knopf (1922).

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  • Nietzsche, to the end of his days, remained a Russian pastor's son, and hence two-thirds of a Puritan; he erected his war upon holiness, toward the end, into a sort of holy war.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in A Book of Prefaces (1916). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 7, p. 51, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956). In an essay on Theodore Dreiser.

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  • Nevertheless, it is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).

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  • Platitude—An idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 617, Knopf (1949).
  • The lunatic fringe wags the underdog.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Sententiæ: The Citizen and the State," A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949).
  • The first kiss is stolen by the man; the last is begged by the woman.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 619, Knopf (1949).

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  • A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Sententiæ: The Mind of Men," A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949).
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