Posts Tagged ‘H.L. Mencken’

Quote of the day, May 18

May 18, 2017

H.L. Mencken, on education (from The American Mercury, 1924)

“The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.”

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Quote of the day, Aug. 2

August 2, 2016

H.L. Mencken

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 3

September 3, 2013

H.L. Mencken, on moral certainty

“Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. (more…)

Quote of the day, July 13

July 13, 2013

H.L. Mencken, on book readers

“I know some who are constantly drunk on books as other men are drunk on whiskey.”

Quote of the day, April 14

April 13, 2012

H.L. Mencken, on public opinion

“Public opinion, in its raw state, gushes out in the immemorial form of the mob’s fear. (more…)

Quote of the day, Nov. 9

November 9, 2011

H.L. Mencken, on government

“The ideal government of all reflective men, from Aristotle onward, is one which lets the individual alone – one which barely escapes being no government at all.”

Quote of the day, July 15

July 15, 2011

H.L. Mencken, on ideas

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

Quote of the day, June 25

June 24, 2011

H.L. Mencken, on American democracy

“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule—and both commonly succeed, and are right … (more…)

Quote of the Day, Nov. 28

November 28, 2010

H.L. Mencken, on the truth

“The truth, indeed, is something that mankind, for some mysterious reason, instinctively dislikes. (more…)