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.
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.
Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.