"Women always excel men in that sort of wisdom which comes from experience. To be a woman is in itself a terrible experience."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."H. L. Mencken on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."H. L. Mencken on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."H. L. Mencken on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."H. L. Mencken on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."H. L. Mencken on Mark Twain
"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."