Henry Louis Mencken Quotes

It seems to me that society usually wins. There are, to be sure, free spirits in the world, but their freedom, in the last analysis, is not much greater than that of a canary in a cage. They may leap from perch to perch; they may bathe and guzzle at their will; they may flap […]

Communism, like any other revealed religion, is largely made up of prophecies.

I have yet to meet (a socialist) who was not as gullible as a Mississippi darkey – nay, as a Mississippi white man.

I never smoked a cigarette until I was nine.

Idealist: One who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.

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

I’m against slavery simply because I dislike slaves.

Slaves are probably quite as necessary to civilization as men of genius. The human race seems incapable of becoming civilized en masse. Some one must milk the cows – and milking cows and being civilized appear to be as incompatable as drinking highballs and standing on one’s head.

Socialism: nothing more than the theory that the slave is always more virtuous than his master.

It is evident that skepticism, while it makes no actual change in man, always makes him feel better.