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Literary and Philosophical Quotes -- Poets and Dreamers -- H. L. Mencken


Quotes by H. L. Mencken

H. L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American editor and critic. A founder and editor (1924-1933) of the American Mercury, he wrote essays of vitriolic social criticism, often directed toward the complacent middle class.

  • The only cure for contempt is countercontempt.
  • 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.
  • I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing.
  • Every man sees in his relatives, and especially in his cousins, a series of grotesque caricatures of himself.
  • Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.
  • There is nothing worse than an idle hour, with no occupation offering. People who have many such hours are simply animals waiting docilely for death. We all come to that state soon or late. It is the curse of senility.
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