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It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.

H. L. Mencken

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.

H. L. Mencken

It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.

H. L. Mencken

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

H. L. Mencken

Man is never honestly the fatalist, nor even the stoic. He fights his fate, often desperately. He is forever entering bold exceptions to the rulings of the bench of gods. This fighting, no doubt, makes for human progress, for it favors the strong and the

H. L. Mencken

Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists.

H. L. Mencken

Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.

H. L. Mencken

My guess is that well over 80 per cent of the human race
goes through life without having a single original thought.

H. L. Mencken

Never let your inferiors do you a favor - it will be extremely costly.

H. L. Mencken

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

H. L. Mencken

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. Mencken

Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.

H. L. Mencken

Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.

H. L. Mencken

Self respect – the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is
suspicious.

H. L. Mencken

The basic fact about human existence
is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore.

H. L. Mencken

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