"To die for an idea it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!"
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."H. L. Mencken on Frederick Douglass
"I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman."H. L. Mencken on Anais Nin
"Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance."H. L. Mencken on Oscar Wilde
"Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?"H. L. Mencken on Confucius
"Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men."H. L. Mencken on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."