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Robert Green Ingersoll quotes (47)

A fact never went into partnership with a miracle. Truth scorns the assistance of wonders. A fact will fit every other fact in the universe, and that is how you can tell whether it is or is not a fact. A lie will not fit anything except another lie.
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An honest God is the noblest work of man.
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Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.
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Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.
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Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
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Every man is dishonest who lives upon the labor of others, no matter if he occupies a throne.
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Few nations have been so poor as to have but one god. Gods were made so easily, and the raw material cost so little, that generally the god market was fairly glutted and heaven crammed with these phantoms.
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Few rich men own their property; their property owns them.
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Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.
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Happiness is not a reward - it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment - it is a result.
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Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.
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Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.
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Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.
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I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.
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I will not attack your doctrines nor your creeds if they accord liberty to me. If they hold thought to be dangerous - if they aver that doubt is a crime, then I attack them one and all, because they enslave the minds of men.
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I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not.
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If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.
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If I owe Smith ten dollars and God forgives me, that doesn't pay Smith.
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Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows.
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In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.
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In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.
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In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.
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In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.
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In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
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Insolence is not logic; epithets are the arguments of malice.
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It is a blessed thing that in every age some one has had the individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions.
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It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.
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It is an old habit with theologians to beat the living with the bones of the dead.
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Justice should remove the bandage from her eyes long enough to distinguish between the vicious and the unfortunate.
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Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.
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Let us put theology out of religion. Theology has always sent the worst to heaven, the best to hell.
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My creed is that: Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so.
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Reason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science.
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Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.
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Surely there is grandeur in knowing that in the realm of thought, at least, you are without a chain; that you have the right to explore all heights and depth; that there are no walls nor fences, nor prohibited places, nor sacred corners in all the vast expanse of thought.
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The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
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The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
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The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it.
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The more liberty you give away the more you will have.
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The superior man is the providence of the inferior. He is eyes for the blind, strength for the weak, and a shield for the defenseless. He stands erect by bending above the fallen. He rises by lifting others.
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The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.
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There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.
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There is no slavery but ignorance.
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Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.
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We need men with moral courage to speak and write their real thoughts, and to stand by their convictions, even to the very death.
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What light is to the eyes - what air is to the lungs - what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man.
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When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death - that is heroism.
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