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H. L. Mencken, fully Henry Louis Mencken

No matter how long he lives, no man ever becomes as wise as the average woman of forty-eight.

Better | Business | Man | Wise | Business |

H. L. Mencken, fully Henry Louis Mencken

No man of genuinely superior intelligence has ever been an actor. Even supposing a young man of appreciable mental powers to be lured upon the stage, as philosophers are occasionally lured into bordellos, his mind would be inevitably and almost immediately destroyed by the gaudy nonsense issuing from his mouth every night.

Man | Wise |

H. L. Mencken, fully Henry Louis Mencken

No man is ever too old to look at a woman, and no woman is ever too fat to hope that he will look.

Man | Wise |

H. L. Mencken, fully Henry Louis Mencken

No government, of its own motion, will increase its own weakness, for that would mean to acquiesce in its own destruction... governments, whatever their pretensions otherwise, try to preserve themselves by holding the individual down ... Government itself, indeed, may be reasonably defined as a conspiracy against him. It?s one permanent aim, whatever its form, is to hobble him sufficiently to maintain itself.

Evil | Man | Pleasure | Understanding |

H. L. Mencken, fully Henry Louis Mencken

The believing mind is externally impervious to evidence. The most that can be accomplished with it is to induce it to substitute one delusion for another. It rejects all overt evidence as wicked.

Good | Man |

Hannah Arendt

Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time

H. L. Mencken, fully Henry Louis Mencken

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line. The objection to it is not that it is predominantly painful, but that it is lacking in sense.

Man | Learn |

H. L. Mencken, fully Henry Louis Mencken

The average man never really thinks from end to end of his life. The mental activity of such people is only a mouthing of clich‚s. What they mistake for thought is simply a repetition of what they have heard. My guess is that well over 80 percent of the human race goes through life without having a single original thought.

Man | Woman |

H. L. Mencken, fully Henry Louis Mencken

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is na‹ve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.

H. L. Mencken, fully Henry Louis Mencken

Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.

Man |

H. L. Mencken, fully Henry Louis Mencken

The average newspaper, especially of the better sort, has the intelligence of a hillbilly evangelist, the courage of a rat, the fairness of a prohibitionist boob-jumper, the information of a high school janitor, the taste of a designer of celluloid valentines, and the honor of a police-station lawyer.

Deeds | Man | Words | Deeds |

H. L. Mencken, fully Henry Louis Mencken

When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a good many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.

Man |

H. L. Mencken, fully Henry Louis Mencken

Poverty is a soft pedal upon the branches of human activity, not excepting the spiritual.

Man | Will |

H. L. Mencken, fully Henry Louis Mencken

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.

Man | Woman |

Hans Küng

However, if the religions in essence merely repeat statements from the United Nations Human Rights Declaration, such a Declaration becomes superfluous; an ethic is more than rights.

Man | Wise |

Hannah Arendt

This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.

Man |

Hannah Arendt

We may remember what the Romans... thought a cultivated person ought to be: one who knows how to choose his company among men, among things, among thoughts, in the present as well as in the past.

Man | Need |

Hans Hoffman

Everything rhythmically organic is true. Everything, which results from the proper feeling for rhythmically organized spiritual units, is true and alive ? alive within itself. When we lose the sense for such true beauty we lose our natural sense for the rich flavor of life, which is the basis for all inspirational work.

Man |

Hannah Arendt

The aim of totalitarian education has never been to instill convictions but to destroy the capacity to form any.

Man |

Hannah Arendt

This shows to what extent violence and its arbitrariness were taken for granted and therefore neglected; no one questions or examines what is obvious to all.

Man |