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50 H.L. Mencken Quotes About American Politics, Democracy, and Humanity

These cynical but witty H.L. Mencken quotes will give you an alternative perspective of American politics, philosophy, and events from the early 20th century.

H.L. Mencken was a scholar, journalist, essayist, and commentator on American affairs. He followed the philosophy of German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, and was outspoken against organized religion and representative democracy.

Mencken was also critical of economics and alternative medicines like chiropractic, though he supported scientific progress. His commentary on the political affairs of his time was usually very cynical and satiric, though not without wit.

Mencken earned himself national notoriety as a correspondent for the Baltimore Sun.

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