Quotes by H.L. Mencken

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Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.
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It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
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 honesty  lies  

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When I die I shall be content to vanish into nothingness... No show, however good, could conceivably be good forever... I do not believe in immortality, and have no desire for it.
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A man may be a fool and not know it, but not if he is married.
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Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him. 
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Life without sex might be safer but it would be unbearably dull. It is the sex instinct which makes women seem beautiful, which they are once in a blue moon, and men seem wise and brave, which they never are at all. Throttle it, denaturalize it, take it away, and human existence would be reduced to the prosaic, laborious, boresome, imbecile level of life in an anthill.
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Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.
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Science, at bottom, is really anti-intellectual. It always distrusts pure reason, and demands the production of objective fact.
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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.
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The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
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