Quotes by H. L. Mencken

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Henry Louis Mencken (September 12, 1880 - January 29, 1956), better known as H. L. Mencken, was a twentieth-century journalist, satirist, social critic, cynic, and freethinker, known as the "Sage of Baltimore" and the "American ...

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The movies today are too rich to have any room for genuine artists. They produce a few passable craftsmen, but no artists. Can you imagine a Beethoven making $100, 000 a year?

Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.
There are people who read too much: bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing.
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.
It is impossible to believe that the same God who permitted His own son to die a bachelor regards celibacy as an actual sin.
Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't, they'd be married too.
Bachelors have consciences, married men have wives.
Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.
No matter how long he lives, no man ever becomes as wise as the average woman of forty-eight.
It is hard for the ape to believe he descended from man. Mencken, H. L.
War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.
The harsh, useful things of the world, from pulling teeth to digging potatoes, are best done by men who are as starkly sober as so many convicts in the death-house, but the lovely and useless things, the charming and exhilarating things, are best done by men with, as the phrase is, a few sheets in the wind.