H. L. Mencken Quotes

7+ Best H. L. Mencken Authors Quotes

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
Topic : Truth, Lies, Trust

Communication of people with each other is heavily influenced by the level of trust they share. It is also based on the situations in which they find themselves caught. We instinctively judge others according to our values. If we find lying tolerable or acceptable, we tend to mistrust people, thinking they share the same view on lies.

Honor is simply the morality of superior men.
Topic : Honor, Morality

One of the main parts of a warrior’s honor is his strong sense of obligation. It is the warrior’s duty to recognize and fulfill his various obligations in life. Honor requires the warrior to take his sense of obligation more seriously than the average man on the street.

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking. Democracy has endured in part due to its ability to accommodate the change from below through expansion of voting rights and greater protection of civil liberties.

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
Topic : Problem

Wrong answers are virtually limitless in number. But there can only be one ‘best’ answer (even if we can’t figure out, or agree to, what it is). Additionally, there can be a variety of effective or helpful answers that can improve the situation in question.

Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.
Topic : Love, War

Love is the one drug through the centuries and no one has ever tried to outlaw or ban it. That’s because there’s a universal need for it. People don’t ever go too long without wanting to love or have someone love them. It’s one of those things no one can explain– through any kind of science or philosophy. As humans, we love. It’s what keeps us going, even when it hurts us.

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?
Topic : Marriage

A society without marriage as an institution will be in disarray, it will be fragmented, and it will be utter chaos. Living in such a society will be like wandering in the wilderness or floating around in the sea without any rock to anchor your life upon. Compare this to married life with a spouse and kids to enjoy and celebrate and to share your sorrows at the time if needed.

We must be willing to pay a price for freedom.
Topic : Freedom

It's obvious that the price for freedom is not free but that it is rather large. After obtaining freedom, we look back and wonder was it worth it? All the liberties we have such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, etc could be the cause of all the conflicts today.