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The one permanent emotion of

The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear – fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety.

– H. L. Mencken

A professor must have a

A professor must have a theory as a dog must have fleas.

– H. L. Mencken

Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
– H. L. Mencken

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
– H. L. Mencken

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
– H. L. Mencken

One who is sorry she did it, but would undoubtedly do it again.
– H.L. Mencken

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?
– H.L. Mencken

A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.
– H. L. Mencken

Happiness is the china shop; love is the bull.
– H. L. Mencken

To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia.
– H.L. Mencken

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
– H. L. Mencken

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.
– H.L. Mencken

Most people want security in this world, not liberty.
– H. L. Mencken

Puritanism the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
– H. L. Mencken

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
– H. L. Mencken

A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in.
– H. L. Mencken

A good politician under democracy is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
– H. L. Mencken

The average man does not get pleasure out of an idea because he thinks it is true; he thinks it is true because he gets pleasure out of it.
– H. L. Mencken

One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to hell without perspiring.
– H. L. Mencken

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
– H. L. Mencken