Henry Louis Mencken

"Temptation is the woman's weapon and the man's excuse."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The first kiss is stolen by the man; the last is begged by the woman."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"In the duel of sex woman fights from a dreadnought and man from an open raft."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 5.17 (Number of Voters: 6)

"Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Every man is his own hell."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Temptation is an irresistible force at work on a movable body."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

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


Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Bachelors have consciences. Married men have wives."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 1.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Hope is a pathological belief in the occurrence of the impossible."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 3.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Morality is the theory that every human act must be either right or wrong, and that 99% of them are wrong."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "Minority Report: H.L. Mencken`s Notebooks"

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Happiness is peace after strife, the overcoming of difficulties, the feeling of security and well-being. The only really happy folk are married women and single men."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 4.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"In every woman's life there is one real and consuming love. But very few women guess which one it is."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 3.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Friendship is a common belief in the same fallacies, mountebanks and hobgoblins."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "Minority Report: H.L. Mencken`s Notebooks"

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Man is a beautiful machine that works very badly. He is like a watch of which the most that can be said is that its cosmetic effect is good."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "Minority Report"

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull."


Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I get little enjoyment out of women, more out of alcohol, most out of ideas."


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 6)

"Man weeps to think that he will die so soon; woman, that she was born so long ago."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"When a husband's story is believed, he begins to suspect his wife."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Life is a dead-end street."


Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Living with a dog is messy - like living with an idealist."


Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The Americans are the illegitimate children of the English."


Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Time is a great legalizer, even in the field of morals."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Criticism is prejudice made plausible."


Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Jealousy is the theory that some other fellow has just as little taste."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Mencken Chrestomathy"

Rating: 4.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

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


Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it."


Rating: 2.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry."


Rating: 4.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"I've made it a rule never to drink by daylight and never to refuse a drink after dark."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing, they marry later. For another thing, they die earlier."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "Chrestomathy"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"When women kiss it always reminds one of prize-fighters shaking hands."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "Chrestomathy"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Democracy is the pathetic belief in the wisdom of collective ignorance."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin."


Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A man may be a fool and not know it - but not if he is married."


Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence."


Rating: 4.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another."


Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Lawyer - One who protects us against robbers by taking away the temptation."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"To be in love is merely to be in a state of perpetual anesthesia - to mistake an ordinary young man for a Greek god or an ordinary young woman for a goddess."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."


Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"We are here and it is now: further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine."


Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses."


Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Of all escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient."

Henry Louis Mencken
Henry Louis Mencken "A Book of Burlesques"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup."


Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends."


Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)