Quotations From H.L. (HENRY LEWIS) MENCKEN

 

  • Love begins like a triolet and ends like a college yell.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 620, Knopf (1949).

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  • Never let your inferiors do you a favor. It will be extremely costly.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 231, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • Congress consists of one-third, more or less, scoundrels; two-thirds, more or less, idiots; and three-thirds, more or less, poltroons.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 621, Knopf (1949).
  • Chopin—Two embalmers at work upon a minor poet ... the scent of tuberoses ... Autumn rain.
    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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  • Kipling, the grandson of a Methodist preacher, reveals the tin-pot evangelist with increasing clarity as youth and its ribaldries pass away and he falls back upon his fundamentals.
    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. by Alistair Cooke, Vintage (TK). In an essay on Theodore Dreiser.
  • The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. repr. in A Mencken Chrestomathy, pt. 9 (1949). "Its Origins," Notes on Democracy (1926).
  • Puccini—Silver macaroni, exquisitely tangled
    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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  • When I reach the shades at last it will no doubt astonish Satan to discover, on thumbing my dossier, that I was a member of the Y.M.C.A.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Heathen Days, ch. 3, p. 27, Knopf (1943). Autobiography, vol. 3.
  • There is a saying in Baltimore that crabs may be prepared in fifty ways and that all of them are good.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Happy Days, ch. IV, p. 58, Knopf (1940). Autobiography, vol. 1.
  • 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. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 232, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).

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