"We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."H. L. Mencken on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."H. L. Mencken on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."H. L. Mencken on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."H. L. Mencken on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."H. L. Mencken on Abraham Lincoln
"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."