Quotes by H. L. Mencken

A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.


A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.


A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.


A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.


A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child.


All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.


All [zoos] actually offer to the public in return for the taxes spent upon them is a form of idle and witless amusement, compared to which a visit to a penitentiary, or even to a State legislature in session, is informing, stimulating and ennobling.


An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.


Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.


Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.