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H. L. Mencken

Journalist and Critic H. L. Mencken

Profession: Journalist and Critic

United States of America

Biography: Known as the 'Sage of Baltimore', he is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century

Born: September 12, 1880
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: January 29, 1956 (aged 75)
Cause of Death: Died in his sleep

Married Life

  • 1930-08-27 Journalist H. L. Mencken (49) weds author Sara Haardt (32) at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Historical Events

  • 1931-02-03 Arkansas legislature passes motion to pray for soul of journalist H. L. Mencken, after he calls the state the "apex of moronia"

Quotes by H. L. Mencken

  • "Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always sceptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure.""
  • "There is always a well-known solution to every human problem – neat, plausible and wrong."

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