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  • Chaque élection est une espèce de vente aux enchères anticipée de biens volés.
  • "L’État n’est pas que la seule force. Il dépend de la crédulité de l’homme tout autant que de sa docilité. Son but n’est pas seulement de le faire obéir, mais aussi de lui donner envie d’obéir." - H-L Mencken
  • Nous devons respecter la religion de notre prochain, mais seulement dans le sens et dans la mesure où nous respectons sa conviction que sa femme est belle et ses enfants intelligents. - Henry Louis Mencken


  • Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood - HL Mencken
  • "Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance" - HL Mencken
  • “Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.” - H.L. Mencken
  • Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. - H. L. Mencken
  • "Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods" - H.L. Mencken
  • Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than christianity has made them good. - HL Mencken
  • I believe in only one thing: liberty; but i do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone. - HL Mencken
  • It doesn’t take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause. - HL Mencken
  • It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty - and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies. - HL Mencken
  • I wonder where we'll land if judges begin deciding that the fact a man commits an atrocious crime is proof he's not responsible for his acts - HL Mencken
  • Misogynist : a man who dislikes women as much as women dislike one another. - HL Mencken
  • My one purpose in writing is simply to provide a catharsis for my own thoughts. They worry me until they are set forth in words. - HL Mencken
  • People will believe what they want to believe. - HL Mencken
  • Progress, then, as i see it, is to be measured by the accuracy of man's knowledge of nature's forces. - HL Mencken
  • Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. - H. L. Mencken
  • School teachers, taking them by and large, are probably the most ignorant and stupid class of men in the whole group of mental workers. - HL Mencken
  • Such a thing as a truly enlightened christian is hard to imagine. - HL Mencken
  • There is progress. the average american now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages - HL Mencken
  • The average man doesn't want to be free. He wants to be safe. - HL Mencken
  • The intellectual heritage of the race belongs to the minority. the majority has as much to do with it as with ecclesiastical politics on mars - HL Mencken
  • The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind - HL Mencken
  • The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent amon those who are. - H.L Mencken.
  • The older i get the more i am convinced that, if i am ever to do anything worth a damn, it must be done entirely alone. - HL Mencken
  • "The State doesn't just want you to obey, it wants to make you want to obey." - H. L. Mencken
  • The truth-seeker in every field is held under suspicion by the great majority of men. - HL Mencken
  • The truth, indeed, is something that mankind, for some mysterious reason, instinctively dislikes. Everyone who tries to tell it is unpopular - HL Mencken
  • The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - HL Mencken
  • "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." - HL Mencken
  • 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. - H. L. Mencken