H.L. Mencken Quotations

-The men the American public admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.

-The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.

-The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.

-Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.

-Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.

-A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child.

-Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.

-Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

-We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.

-The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office.

-Penetrating so many secrets, we cease to believe in the Unknowable. But there it sits, nevertheless, calmly licking its chops.

-Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

-Imagine the Creator as a stand up comedian – and at once the world becomes explicable.

-After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations.

-In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favourite device of persons with something to sell.
H.L. Mencken