"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."H. L. Mencken on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."H. L. Mencken on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."H. L. Mencken on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."H. L. Mencken on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."H. L. Mencken on Joseph Stalin
"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."