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H. L. Mencken
Henry Mencken
H. L. Mencken.
BornSeptember 12, 1880
Baltimore, Maryland
DiedJanuary 29, 1956
Baltimore, Maryland
American journalist, humorist, and social critic. Editor of the Baltimore Sun and many years a columnist for that and other newspapers. Famous for his sharp, biting wit.

The repository contains 50 quotes from H. L. Mencken.
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Right and Wrong

Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking.

Good and EvilPeople

Evil is that which one believes of others. It is a sin to believe evil of others, but seldom a mistake.


Hope is a pathological belief in the occurrence of the impossible.

Optimism and Pessimism

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.


A celebrity is one known to many persons he is glad he doesnít know.


Remorse: Regret that one waited so long to do it.


Suicide is a belated acquiescence in the opinion of oneís wifeís relatives.


Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a movable body.

Growing Old

As the arteries grow hard, the heart grows soft.


Historian: An unsuccessful novelist.

Men and Women

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.

Men and Women

When a woman says she wonít, it is a good sign that she will. And when she says she will it is an even better sign.

Men and Women

No matter how much a woman loved a man, it would still give her a glow to see him commit suicide for her.


The honeymoon is the time during which the bride believes the bridegroomís word of honor.

Men and Women

Jealousy is the theory that some other fellow has just as little taste.

LoveMen and Women

The first kiss is stolen by the man; the last is begged by the woman.


Wealth: Any income that is at least one hundred dollars more a year than the income of oneís wifeís sisterís husband.


If women believed in their husbands they would be a good deal happier. And a good deal more foolish.


Alimony: The ransom that the happy pay to the devil.

Men and WomenTemptation

Temptation is the womanís weapon and the manís excuse.

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