September 23, 2020

Some of My Favorite H.L. Mencken Quotes

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“In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.” [and Democrat]

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.”

“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.”

“Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”

“It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.”

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

“I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.”

“A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.”

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

“Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.”

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

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