H. L. Mencken Quotes
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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.
It takes no more actual sagacity to carry on the everyday hawking and haggling of the world, or to ladle out its normal doses of bad medicine and worse law, than it takes to operate a taxicab or fry a pan of fish.
It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull. The more a man dreams, the less he believes.
The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore.
Hygiene is the corruption of medicine by morality.
The objection to a Communist always resolves itself into the fact that he is not a gentleman.
In human history a moral victory is always a disaster, for it debauches and degrades both the victor and the vanquished.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.
A lover's life lies in death. You shall not find a heart without losing the heart.