H. L. Mencken Quotes
Women have simple tastes. They get pleasure out of the conversation of children in arms and men in love.
Women always excel men in that sort of wisdom which comes from experience. To be a woman is in itself a terrible experience.
Whenever a husband and wife begin to discuss their marriage they are giving evidence at a coroner's inquest.
We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.
To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!
There are men so philosophical that they can see humor in their own toothaches. But there has never lived a man so philosophical that he could see the toothache in his own humor.
The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.
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.
The theory seems to be that as long as a man is a failure he is one of God's children, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the Devil.
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.