H.L. Mencken Quotes.

21. "Genius: the ability to prolong one's childhood."
- Quote by H.L. Mencken

22. "A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers."
- Quote by H.L. Mencken

23. "Monogamy, in brief, kills passion -- and passion is the most dangerous of all the surviving enemies to what we call civilization, which is based upon order, decorum, restraint, formality, industry, regimentation. The civilized man -- the ideal civilized man -- is simply one who never sacrifices the common security to his private passions. He reaches perfection when he even ceases to love passionately -- when he reduces the most profound of all his instinctive experiences from the level of an ecstasy to the level of a mere device for replenishing the armies and workshops of the world, keeping clothes in repair, reducing the infant death-rate, providing enough tenants for every landlord, and making it possible for the Polizei to know where every citizen is at any hour of the day or night. Monogamy accomplishes this, not by producing satiety, but by destroying appetite. It makes passion formal and uninspiring, and so gradually kills it."
- Quote by H.L. Mencken

24. "Historian: an unsuccessful novelist."
- Quote by H.L. Mencken

25. "To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!"
- Quote by H.L. Mencken

26. "Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them."
- Quote by H.L. Mencken

27. "My belief in free speech is so profound that I am seldom tempted to deny it to the other fellow. Nor do I make any effort to differentiate between the other fellow right and that other fellow wrong, for I am convinced that free speech is worth nothing unless it includes a full franchise to be foolish and even...malicious."
- Quote by H.L. Mencken

28. "The state — or, to make matters more concrete, the government — consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get, and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time it is made good by looting ‘A’ to satisfy ‘B’. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advanced auction on stolen goods."
- Quote by H.L. Mencken

29. "I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone."
- Quote by H.L. Mencken

30. "Adultery is the application of democracy to love."
- Quote by H.L. Mencken

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