H.L. Mencken's Home Page
Journalist, Author, Cynic
"The Sage of Baltimore"
Worthy man of ideas and inspirations
"No man ever quite believes in any other man. One may believe in an idea absolutely, but not in a man."
"The only really happy folk are married women and single men."
"Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time."
"If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl."
"I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time."
"I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone."
"Honor is simply the morality of superior men."
"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."
"Every man sees in his relatives, and especially in his cousins, a series of grotesque caricatures of himself."
"Every man is his own hell."
"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under."
"Don't overestimate the decency of the human race."
"Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses."
"Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance."
"Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't they'd be married too."
"All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it."
"All government, of course, is against liberty."
"Adultery is the application of democracy to love."
"A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable."
"A prohibitionist is the sort of man one couldn't care to drink with, even if he drank."
"A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier."
"A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married."
"A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin."
"A bad man is the sort who weeps every time he speaks of a good woman."