Motivational H. L. Mencken Quotes About Democracy, Politics & Education

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H. L. Mencken Quotes

Read motivational H. L. Mencken quotes about democracy, politics & education. We share collection of best quotes of H. L. Mencken with you! He
was an American journalist, essayist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English.

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

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

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3. Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.

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4. A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.

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

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6. Communism, like any other revealed religion, is largely made up of prophecies.

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7. There is a saying in Baltimore that crabs may be prepared in fifty ways and that all of them are good.

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8. The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.

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9. Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.

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10. I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.

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11. Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn’t they’d be married too.

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

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13. Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age.

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14. Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

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15. Life is a constant oscillation between the sharp horns of dilemmas.

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16. Don’t overestimate the decency of the human race.

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17. Let’s not burn the universities yet. After all, the damage they do might be worse.

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

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19. The opera is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral.

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20. The only really happy folk are married women and single men.

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

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

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23. Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

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24. We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine.

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25. The only cure for contempt is counter-contempt.

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26. Adultery is the application of democracy to love.

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27. Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking.

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

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29. Most people want security in this world, not liberty.

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30. Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.

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31. Temptation is a woman’s weapon and man’s excuse.

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32. Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing.

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33. Life is a dead-end street.

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

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

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