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Quotations From H.L. (HENRY LEWIS) MENCKEN

 

  • 41.
    We are here and it is now: further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).
  • 42.
    One does not arise from such a book as Sister Carrie with a smirk of satisfaction; one leaves it infinitely touched.
    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. 54, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956). In an essay on Theodore Dreiser.

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  • 43.
    Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 626, Knopf (1949).

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  • 44.
    It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Prejudices, ch. 1, Second Series (1920).
  • 45.
    Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Originally published in A Little Book in C Major (1916). A Mencken Chrestomathy, "Sententiae: The Mind of Men," (1949).
  • 46.
    The Woodrovian style, at the height of the Wilson hallucination, was much praised by cornfed connoisseurs.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the Smart Set (January 1921). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 20, p. 118, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
  • 47.
    Suicide is a belated acquiescence in the opinion of one's wife's relatives.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).

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  • 48.
    No matter how much a woman loved a man, it would still give her a glow to see him commit suicide for her.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 619, Knopf (1949).

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  • 49.
    In any combat between a rogue and a fool the sympathy of mankind is always with the rogue.
    H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 616, Knopf (1949).

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  • 50.
    How little it takes to make life unbearable.... A pebble in the shoe, a cockroach in the spaghetti, a woman's laugh.
    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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