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Quotations From H.L. (HENRY LEWIS) MENCKEN

 

  • 31.
    When women kiss it always reminds one of prize-fighters shaking hands.
    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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  • 32.
    Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey-cage.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 622, Knopf (1949).

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  • 33.
    The Americans are the illegitimate children of the English.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 626, Knopf (1949).

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  • 34.
    Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Minority Report: H.L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 57 (1956).
  • 35.
    When a husband's story is believed, he begins to suspect his wife.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 620, Knopf (1949).

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  • 36.
    I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. repr. in A Mencken Chrestomathy, pt. 9 (1949). "Last Words," Notes on Democracy (1926).
  • 37.
    Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Prejudices, ch. 3, Third Series (1922).

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  • 38.
    Time is a great legalizer, even in the field of morals.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. A Book of Prefaces, ch. 4, sct. 6 (1917).

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  • 39.
    What ass first let loose the doctrine that the suffrage is a high boon and voting a noble privilege?
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the Baltimore Evening Sun, November 1, 1920. A Carnival of Buncombe, p. 32, ed. by Malcolm Moos, Johns Hopkins University Press (1956). Article written on eve of election of President Harding.
  • 40.
    The only cure for contempt is countercontempt.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Minority Report: H.L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 99 (1956).
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