EppsNet Archive: H.L. Mencken

A New Use for Churches

Granting the existence of God, a house dedicated to Him naturally follows. He is all-important; it is fit that man should take some notice of Him. But why praise and flatter Him for His unspeakable cruelties? Why forget so supinely His failures to remedy the easily remediable? Why, indeed, devote the churches entirely to worship? Why not give them over,… Read more →

One man who minds his own business is more valuable to the world than 10,000 cocksure moralists. — H.L. Mencken

The kind of man who demands that government enforce his ideas is always the kind whose ideas are idiotic. — H. L. Mencken

Mencken on Politicians

The one aim of all such persons is to butter their own parsnips. They have no concept of the public good that can be differentiated from their concept of their own good. They get into office by making all sorts of fantastic promises, few of which they ever try to keep, and they maintain themselves there by fooling the people… Read more →

In Praise of Invective

Via Alicublog: He writes the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It… Read more →