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15 H. L. Mencken Quotations

''The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.''
- H. L. Mencken


''Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.''
- H. L. Mencken


''The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.''
- H. L. Mencken


''Criticism is prejudice made plausible.''
- H. L. Mencken


''Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.''
- H. L. Mencken


''Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.''
- H. L. Mencken


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


''I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.''
- H. L. Mencken


''The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.''
- H. L. Mencken 'Prejudices: Fourth Series,' 1924


''All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.''
- H. L. Mencken


''Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.''
- H. L. Mencken


''Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.''
- H. L. Mencken


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


''The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.''
- H. L. Mencken






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