H. L. Mencken Quotes
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Adultery is the application of democracy to love.
Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
The fundamental trouble with marriage is that it shakes a man's confidence in himself, and so greatly diminishes his general competence and effectiveness. His habit of mind becomes that of a commander who has lost a decisive and calamitous battle. He never quite trusts himself thereafter.
The allurement that women hold out to men is precisely the allurement that Cape Hatteras holds out to sailors: they are enormously dangerous and hence enormously fascinating.
The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.
Every man sees in his relatives, and especially in his cousins, a series of grotesque caricatures of himself.
Nothing can come out of an artist that is not in the man.
Neither sex, without some fertilization of the complementary characters of the other, is capable of the highest reaches of human endeavor.
The American people, taking one with another, constitute the most timorous, sniveling, poltroonish, ignominious mob of serfs and goose-steppers evergathered under one flag in Christendom since the end of the Middle Ages.
Of all forms of visible otherworldliness, it seems to me, the Gothic is at once the most logical and the most beautiful. It reaches up magnificently-and a good half of it is palpably useless.
Here is the secret of inspiration: tell yourself that thousands and tens of thousands of people, not very intelligent and certainly no more intelligent than the rest of us, have mastered problems as difficult as those that now baffle you.
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.
Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?
Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.