H. L. MenckenH. L. Mencken, (1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic

H. L. Mencken Quote

“It [the State] has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of a State religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men. ”

H. L. MenckenH. L. Mencken
~ H. L. Mencken


Ratings and Comments


Mike, Norwalk

Self explanatory and true.

My Name, Your Town,USA.

H.L. Mencken was an idividual with vision,insight and wisdom.We would be blessed to have more individuals of his/her caliber in positions of policy makeing for this crumbling Republic.

jim k, austin, tx

I just wish that Mencken was around to comment on this group of duds running for president.

Joe, North Caldwell, NJ

Astonishing how well H.L. describes our current administration.

E Archer, NYC

Mencken hits the nail on the head.

GunnyCee, Duryham, NC

As true to day as it was in Mechken's time, i.e. The Great Depression and FDR's socializing of America.

Vexari, Chappaqua

Spot on..

Robert, Somewhere in Europe

Alas, more often than not....

BornLib, Columbus

Been told but not confirmed that this quote is from a 1926 issue of The American Mercury

Bill Hastings, Nashville IN

A real prophet who forsaw what was coming for America and the world.

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

The noblest of our Noblemen of Nature Founders well understood that the process of the aggrandizement of the State is inherently inimical to the enterprise of the securing of the Blessings of Liberty.

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