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.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
It always seems impossible until it's done.
Count your age by friends, not years Count your life by smiles, not tears.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.