Aphorisms Galore!

Henry Louis Mencken

b. 1880; d. 1956

Aphorisms Attributed to This Aphorist

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Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

Henry Louis Mencken, in Altruism and Cynicism

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Demagogue: One who preaches a doctrine he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.

Henry Louis Mencken, in Altruism and Cynicism

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Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.

Henry Louis Mencken, in Law and Politics

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Love: The delusion that one woman differs from another.

Henry Louis Mencken, in Love and Hate

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The cynics are right nine times out of ten.

Henry Louis Mencken, in Altruism and Cynicism

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There's always an easy solution to every human problem -- neat, plausible, and wrong.

Henry Louis Mencken, in Altruism and Cynicism and Science and Religion

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Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.

Henry Louis Mencken, in Success and Failure

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Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.

Henry Louis Mencken, in Law and Politics

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Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody is looking.

Henry Louis Mencken, in Altruism and Cynicism

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A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.

Henry Louis Mencken, in Happiness and Misery

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Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.

Henry Louis Mencken, in Wisdom and Ignorance

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Bachelors know more about women than married men do. If they didn't, they'd be married too.

Henry Louis Mencken, in Men and Women