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H. L. Mencken Facts

Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken was an American journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist, critic of American life and culture, and scholar of American English. Known as the "Sage of Baltimore", he is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century. Many of his books remain in print. (1880 – 1956)

Quotes by H. L. Mencken

A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married.
H. L. Mencken

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
H. L. Mencken

Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time.
H. L. Mencken

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf.
H. L. Mencken

Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously.
H. L. Mencken

Most people want security in this world, not liberty.
H. L. Mencken

Nine times out of ten, in the arts as in life, there is actually no truth to be discovered; there is only error to be exposed.
H. L. Mencken

Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
H. L. Mencken

Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.
H. L. Mencken

To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!
H. L. Mencken

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. Mencken

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