H.L. Mencken Quotes

Most people want security in this world, not liberty.”

“Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.”

“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”

“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.”

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

“I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.”

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

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

“Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.”

“I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.”

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

“A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.”

“Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven.”

“War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands.”

“Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”

“A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.”

“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.”

“It doesn’t take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.”

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