Henry Louis Mencken
b. 1880; d. 1956
Aphorisms Attributed to This Aphorist
Demagogue: One who preaches a doctrine he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.
There's always an easy solution to every human problem -- neat, plausible, and wrong.
Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.
Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody is looking.
A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.
Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.