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Quotations From H.L. (HENRY LEWIS) MENCKEN


 

  • Johann Strauss—Forty couples dancing ... one by one they slip from the hall ... sounds of kisses ... the lights go out
    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).
  • In the duel of sex woman fights from a dreadnought and man from an open raft.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 619, Knopf (1949).

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  • In the long run all battles are lost, and so are all wars.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 625, Knopf (1949).

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  • Nature abhors a moron.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 616, Knopf (1949).

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  • I do not believe in democracy, but I am perfectly willing to admit that it provides the only really amusing form of government ever endured by mankind.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, preface, p. viii, Knopf (1949).

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  • The theory seems to be that so long as a man is a failure he is one of God's chillun, but that as soon as he has any luck he owes it to the Devil.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 623, Knopf (1949).

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  • The kind of man who demands that government enforce his ideas is always the kind whose ideas are idiotic.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 623, Knopf (1949).
  • Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a movable body.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).

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  • Creator—A comedian whose audience is afraid to laugh.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 624, Knopf (1949).
  • The movies today are too rich to have any room for genuine artists. They produce a few passable craftsmen, but no artists. Can you imagine a Beethoven making $100,000 a year?
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Appendix from Moronia," Prejudices (1937).

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