H.L. Mencken Quotes

The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.

~ H.L. Mencken

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

~ H.L. Mencken

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

~ H.L. Mencken

The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth--that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one.

~ H.L. Mencken

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.

~ H.L. Mencken

In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell.

~ 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

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

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

~ H.L. Mencken

Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.

~ H.L. Mencken

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