"Poetry has done enough when it charms, but prose must also convince."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."H. L. Mencken on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."H. L. Mencken on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."H. L. Mencken on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."H. L. Mencken on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."H. L. Mencken on Robert Frost
"The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom."
"Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age."
"Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him."
"Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage."
"A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in."