H. L. Mencken

H. L. Mencken



Full Name: Henry Louis Mencken

Born: September 12, 1880
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
Died: January 29, 1956

Occupation: Author, Critic, and Journalist
Profile: Regarded as one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century. Best known for The American Language.

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._L._Mencken
Number of Quotes: 13




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

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

I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.

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

In the main, there are two sorts of books: those that no one reads and those that no one ought to read.

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.

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

Journalism is to politician as dog is to lamppost.

Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

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

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

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