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H. L. Mencken Quotes on Government (8 Quotes)


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  • What the mob thirsts for is not good government in itself, but the merry chase of a definite exponent of bad government.
    (H. L. Mencken)

  • Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
    (H. L. Mencken)

  • I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
    (H. L. Mencken)

  • All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man.
    (H. L. Mencken)

  • The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.
    (H. L. Mencken)


  • The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
    (H. L. Mencken)

  • All government, of course, is against liberty.
    (H. L. Mencken)

  • Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.
    (H. L. Mencken)


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