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.
The reason I talk to myself is because I'm the only one whose answers I accept.
There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything.
Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together.
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.