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Quotes by H. L. Mencken

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

~ H. L. Mencken


Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

~ H. L. Mencken


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

~ H. L. Mencken


Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't they'd be married too.

~ H. L. Mencken


The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

~ H. L. Mencken


A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.

~ H. L. Mencken


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

~ H. L. Mencken


I never lecture, not because I am shy or a bad speaker, but simply because I detest the sort of people who go to lectures and don't want to meet them.

~ H. L. Mencken


The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

~ H. L. Mencken


We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.

~ H. L. Mencken


Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

~ H. L. Mencken


Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

~ H. L. Mencken


I never lecture, not because I am shy or a bad speaker, but simply because I detest the sort of people who go to lectures and don't want to meet them.

~ H. L. Mencken


The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

~ H. L. Mencken


A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.

~ H. L. Mencken


We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.

~ H. L. Mencken


Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

~ H. L. Mencken


It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.

~ H. L. Mencken


Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't they'd be married too.

~ H. L. Mencken


It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf.

~ H. L. Mencken


The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

~ H. L. Mencken


Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

~ H. L. Mencken


It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.

~ H. L. Mencken


The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

~ H. L. Mencken


It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.

~ H. L. Mencken

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