Who on Earth is Christopher Hitchens?

Christopher Eric Hitchens was a British author, columnist, essayist, orator, journalist, and religious, literary, and social critic. Hitchens was an outspoken scientist and despised ignorance.

Books by Christopher Hitchens

Quotes by Christopher Hitchens

“A gentleman is never rude except on purpose – I can honestly be nasty sober, believe you me.”

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“A melancholy lesson of advancing years is the realisation that you can't make old friends.”

Christopher Hitchens Unacknowledged Legislation

“A point, like a joke, is a terrible thing to miss.”

Christopher Hitchens Arguably

“A rule of thumb with humor; if you worry that you might be going too far, you have already not gone far enough. If everybody laughs, you have failed.”

Christopher Hitchens Letters to a Young Contrarian

“All of life is a wager.”

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“Allow a friend to believe in a bogus prospectus or a false promise and you cease, after a short while, to be a friend at all.”

Christopher Hitchens Letters to a Young Contrarian

“An individual deficient in the sense of humor represents more of a challenge to our idea of the human than a person of subnormal intelligence.”

Christopher Hitchens Letters to a Young Contrarian

“Atheism by itself is, of course, not a moral position or a political one of any kind; it simply is the refusal to believe in a supernatural dimension. For you to say of Nazism that it was the implementation of the work of Charles Darwin is a filthy slander, undeserving of you and an insult to this audience. Darwin’s thought was not taught in Germany; Darwinism was so derided in Germany along with every other form of unbelief that all the great modern atheists, Darwin, Einstein and Freud were alike despised by the National Socialist regime.”

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“Authors who moan with praise for their editors always seem to reek slightly of the Stockholm syndrome.”

Christopher Hitchens Blood, Class and Empire

“Avoid stock expressions (like the plague, as William Safire used to say) and repetitions. Don't say that as a boy your grandmother used to read to you, unless at that stage of her life she really was a boy, in which case you have probably thrown away a better intro. If something is worth hearing or listening to, it's very probably worth reading. So, this above all: Find your own voice.”

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“Be suspicious of all those who employ the term 'we' or 'us' without your permission. This is a form of surreptitious conscription. Always ask who this 'we' is; as often as not it's an attempt to smuggle tribalism through the customs.”

Christopher Hitchens Letters to a Young Contrarian

“Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the transcendent and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.”

Christopher Hitchens Letters to a Young Contrarian

“Cheap booze is a false economy.”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“Do I fear death? No, I am not afraid of being dead because there's nothing to be afraid of, I won't know it. I fear dying, of dying I feel a sense of waste about it and I fear a sordid death, where I am incapacitated or imbecilic at the end which isn't something to be afraid of, it's something to be terrified of.”

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“Even if it were possible to cast my horoscope in this one life, and to make an accurate prediction about my future, it would not be possible to 'show' it to me because as soon as I saw it my future would change by definition.”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“Every day, the New York Times carries a motto in a box on its front page. "All the News That's Fit to Print," it says. It's been saying it for decades, day in and day out. I imagine most readers of the canonical sheet have long ceased to notice this bannered and flaunted symbol of its mental furniture. I myself check every day to make sure that the bright, smug, pompous, idiotic claim is still there. Then I check to make sure that it still irritates me. If I can still exclaim, under my breath, why do they insult me and what do they take me for and what the hell is it supposed to mean unless it's as obviously complacent and conceited and censorious as it seems to be, then at least I know I still have a pulse. You may wish to choose a more rigorous mental workout but I credit this daily infusion of annoyance with extending my lifespan.”

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“Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay.”

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“Everything about Christianity is contained in the pathetic image of the flock.”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“Everything everyone thinks they know about Mother Teresa is false. It must be the single most successful emotional con job of the twentieth century.”

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“Everything I love: literature, irony, humor, the individual, and the defense of free expression.”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“Evolution has meant that our prefrontal lobes are too small, our adrenal glands are too big, and our reproductive organs apparently designed by committee; a recipe which, alone or in combination, is very certain to lead to some unhappiness and disorder.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“Exceptional claims demand exceptional evidence.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“Faith is the surrender of the mind, it's the surrender of reason, it's the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other animals. It's our need to believe and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. Out of all the virtues, all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated.”

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“Flaubert was right when he said that our use of language is like a cracked kettle on which we bang out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we need to move the very stars to pity.”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him will believeth in anything. - Hitchens 3:16”

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“For years, I declined to fill in the form for my Senate press credential that asked me to state my 'race,' unless I was permitted to put 'human.' The form had to be completed under penalty of perjury, so I could not in conscience put 'white,' which is not even a color let alone a 'race,' and I sternly declined to put 'Caucasian,' which is an exploded term from a discredited ethnology. Surely the essential and unarguable core of King's campaign was the insistence that pigmentation was a false measure: a false measure of mankind and an inheritance from a time of great ignorance and stupidity and cruelty, when one drop of blood could make you 'black'.”

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“Forget it. Never explain; never apologize. You can either write posthumously or you can't.”

Christopher Hitchens Prepared for the Worst

“George W. Bush is a man who is lucky to be governor of Texas. He is a man who is unusually incurious, abnormally unintelligent, amazingly inarticulate, fantastically uncultured, extraordinarily uneducated, and apparently quite proud of all these things.”

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“God did not create man in his own image. Evidently, it was quite the other way about, which is the painless explanation for the profusion of gods and religions, and the fratricide both between and among faiths, that we see all about us and that has so retarded the development of civilization.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“He said something that made it impossible to continue working for him. The exact words were 'You're fired'.”

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“How dismal it is to see present day Americans yearning for the very orthodoxy that their country was founded to escape.”

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“Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information.”

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“I don't have a body, I am a body.”

Christopher Hitchens Mortality

“I had never before been a special fan of that great comedian Phyllis Diller, but she utterly won my heart this week by sending me an envelope that, when opened, contained a torn-off square of brown-bag paper of the kind suitable for latrine duty in an ill-run correctional facility. Duly unfurled, it carried a handwritten salutation reading as follows:
Money's scarce
Times are hard
Here's your f******
Xmas card

I could not possibly improve on the sentiment, but I don't think it ought to depend on the current austerities. Isn't Christmas a moral and aesthetic nightmare whether or not the days are prosperous?”

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“I have not been able to discover whether there exists a precise French equivalent for the common Anglo-American expression 'killing time.' It's a very crass and breezy expression, when you ponder it for a moment, considering that time, after all, is killing us.”

Christopher Hitchens Love, Poverty, and War

“I have often noticed that nationalism is at its strongest at the periphery. Hitler was Austrian, Bonaparte Corsican. In postwar Greece and Turkey the two most prominent ultra-right nationalists had both been born in Cyprus. The most extreme Irish Republicans are in Belfast and Derry (and Boston and New York). Sun Yat Sen, father of Chinese nationalism, was from Hong Kong. The Serbian extremists Milošević and Karadžić were from Montenegro and their most incendiary Croat counterparts in the Ustashe tended to hail from the frontier lands of Western Herzegovina.”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“I leave it to the faithful to burn each other's churches and mosques and synagogues, which they can be always relied upon to do.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“I once spoke to someone who had survived the genocide in Rwanda, and she said to me that there was now nobody left on the face of the earth, either friend or relative, who knew who she was. No one who remembered her girlhood and her early mischief and family lore; no sibling or boon companion who could tease her about that first romance; no lover or pal with whom to reminisce. All her birthdays, exam results, illnesses, friendships, kinships—gone. She went on living, but with a tabula rasa as her diary and calendar and notebook. I think of this every time I hear of the callow ambition to 'make a new start' or to be 'born again': Do those who talk this way truly wish for the slate to be wiped? Genocide means not just mass killing, to the level of extermination, but mass obliteration to the verge of extinction. ”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“I suppose that one reason I have always detested religion is its sly tendency to insinuate the idea that the universe is designed with 'you' in mind or, even worse, that there is a divine plan into which one fits whether one knows it or not. This kind of modesty is too arrogant for me.”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“I want to urge you very strongly to travel as much as you can, and to evolve yourself as an internationalist. It's as important a part of your education as a radical as the reading of any book.”

Christopher Hitchens Letters to a Young Contrarian

“I'm very depressed how in this country you can be told "That's offensive" as though those two words constitute an argument.”

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“I'm very happy by myself if I've got enough to read and something to write about and a bit of alcohol for me to add an edge, not to dull it.”

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“I’ve had some dark nights of the soul, of course, but giving in to depression would be a sellout, a defeat.”

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“If only religion were an opiate. No known narcotic rots the brain so fast.”

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“If you say you're a unifier, you expect and usually get applause. I'm a divider. Politics is division by definition, if there was no disagreement there would be no politics. The illusion of unity isn't worth having, and is anyways unattainable.”

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“If you want to stay in for the long haul, and lead a life that is free from illusions either propagated by you or embraced by you, then I suggest you learn to recognize and avoid the symptoms of the zealot and the person who knows he is right. For the dissenter, the skeptical mentality is at least as important as any armor of principle.”

Christopher Hitchens Letters to a Young Contrarian

“In a place with absolutely no private or personal life, with the incessant worship of a mediocre career-sadist as the only culture, where all citizens are the permanent property of the state, the highest form of pointlessness has been achieved.”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“In a Pyongyang restaurant, don't ever ask for a doggie bag.”

Christopher Hitchens Love, Poverty, and War

“In our time, the symbol of state intrusion into the private life is the mandatory urine test.”

Christopher Hitchens Love, Poverty, and War

“It is exactly the fear of revenge that motivates the deepest crimes, from the killing of the enemy's children lest they grow up to play their own part, to the erasure of the enemy's graveyards and holy places so that his hated name can be forgotten.”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“it is interesting to find that people of faith now seek defensively to say that they are no worse than fascists or Nazis or Stalinists.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“It is pardonable for children to yell that they believe in fairies, but it is somehow sinister when the piping note shifts from the puerile to the senile.”

Christopher Hitchens Arguably

“It's only when you have grazed on the lower slopes of your own ignorance and begun to understand the great vistas of nonknowledge that you have, that you can claim to have been educated at all.”

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“Joseph Heller knew how the need to belong, and the need for security, can make people accept lethal and stupid conditions, and then act as if they had imposed them on themselves.”

Christopher Hitchens Letters to a Young Contrarian

“Los Angeles is mostly full of nonsense and delusion and egomania. They think they'll be young and beautiful forever, even though most of them aren't even young and beautiful now.”

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“Many religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands, like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar. They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift, competing as they do in a marketplace. But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“Mockery of religion is one of the most essential things. One of the beginnings of the human emancipation is the ability to laugh at authority, it's indispensable.”

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“Mother Teresa was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.”

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“My hope is that literature can replace religion as the source of our ethics, without ceasing to be a pleasurable study and pursuit in its own right.”

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“My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line, and kiss my ass.”

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“My own view is that this planet is used as a penal colony, lunatic asylum and dumping ground by a superior civilization, to get rid of the undesirable and unfit. I can't prove it, but you can't disprove it either.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“Never ask while you are doing it if what you are doing is fun. Don't introduce even your most reliably witty acquaintance as someone who will set the table on a roar.”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. The grave will supply plenty of time for silence.”

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“Nihil humanum a me alienum puto, said the Roman poet Terence: 'Nothing human is alien to me.' The slogan of the old Immigration and Naturalization Service could have been the reverse: To us, no aliens are human.”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“Nonintervention does not mean that nothing happens. It means that something else happens.”

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“Nothing proves the man-made character of religion as obviously as the sick mind that designed hell.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“Once we assume a creator and a plan, it makes humans objects of a cruel experiment whereby we are created to be sick and commanded to be well.”

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“One must state it plainly. Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody—not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms—had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as for comfort, reassurance and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion, and one would like to think—though the connection is not a fully demonstrable one—that this is why they seem so uninterested in sending fellow humans to hell.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“Our weapons are the ironic mind against the literal: the open mind against the credulous; the courageous pursuit of truth against the fearful and abject forces who would set limits to investigation and who stupidly claim that we already have all the truth we need.”

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“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”

Christopher Hitchens The Portable Atheist

“Part of the function of memory is to forget; the omni-retentive mind will break down and produce at best an idiot savant who can recite a telephone book, and at worst a person to whom every grudge and slight is as yesterday's.”

Christopher Hitchens Love, Poverty, and War

“Perhaps you notice how the denial is so often the preface to the justification.”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“Philosophy begins where religion ends, just as by analogy chemistry begins where alchemy runs out, and astronomy takes the place of astrology.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“Religion was the race's first (and worst) attempt to make sense of reality. It was the best the species could do at a time when we had no concept of physics, chemistry, biology or medicine. We did not know that we lived on a round planet, let alone that the said planet was in orbit in a minor and obscure solar system, which was also on the edge of an unimaginably vast cosmos that was exploding away from its original source of energy. We did not know that micro-organisms were so powerful and lived in our digestive systems in order to enable us to live, as well as mounting lethal attacks on us as parasites. We did not know of our close kinship with other animals. We believed that sprites, imps, demons, and djinns were hovering in the air about us. We imagined that thunder and lightning were portentous. It has taken us a long time to shrug off this heavy coat of ignorance and fear, and every time we do there are self-interested forces who want to compel us to put it back on again.”

Christopher Hitchens The Portable Atheist

“She's got no charisma of any kind but I can imagine her being mildly useful to a low-rank porn director.”

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“t's probably a merciful thing that pain is impossible to describe from memory.”

Christopher Hitchens Mortality

“Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way.”

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“Teasing is very often a sign of inner misery.”

Christopher Hitchens Arguably

“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“The discussion about what is good, what is beautiful, what is noble, what is pure, and what is true could always go on. Why is that important? Why would I like to do that? Because that’s the only conversation worth having. And whether it goes on or not after I die, I don’t know. But, I do know that it is the conversation I want to have while I am still alive.”

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“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.”

Christopher Hitchens Letters to a Young Contrarian

“The essence of tyranny is not iron law. It is capricious law.”

Christopher Hitchens Love, Poverty, and War

“The essential principle of totalitarianism is to make laws that are impossible to obey.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“The finest fury is the most controlled.”

Christopher Hitchens Love, Poverty, and War

“The forces of piety have always and everywhere been the sworn enemy of the open mind and the open book.”

Christopher Hitchens Letters to a Young Contrarian

“The four most over-rated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex, and picnics.”

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“The gods that we've made are exactly the gods you'd expect to be made by a species that's about half a chromosome away from being chimpanzee.”

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“The governor of Texas, who, when asked if the Bible should also be taught in Spanish, replied that ‘if English was good enough for Jesus, then it’s good enough for me’.”

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“The idea of a utopian state on earth, perhaps modeled on some heavenly ideal, is very hard to efface and has led people to commit terrible crimes in the name of the ideal.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“The literal mind is baffled by the ironic one, demanding explanations that only intensify the joke. A vintage example, and one that really did occur, is that of P.G. Wodehouse, captured by accident during the German invasion of France in 1940. Josef Goebbels’s propaganda bureaucrats asked him to broadcast on Berlin radio, which he incautiously agreed to do, and his first transmission began:
Young men starting out in life often ask me—“How do you become an internee?” Well, there are various ways. My own method was to acquire a villa in northern France and wait for the German army to come along. This is probably the simplest plan. You buy the villa and the German army does the rest.
Somebody—it would be nice to know who, I hope it was Goebbels—must have vetted this and decided to let it go out as a good advertisement for German broad-mindedness. The funny thing is that the broadcast landed Wodehouse in an infinity of trouble with the British authorities, representing a nation that prides itself above all on a sense of humor.”

Christopher Hitchens Letters to a Young Contrarian

“The man who prays is the one who thinks that God has arranged matters all wrong, but who also thinks that he can instruct God how to put them right.”

Christopher Hitchens Mortality

“The noble title of 'dissident' must be earned rather than claimed; it connotes sacrifice and risk rather than mere disagreement.”

Christopher Hitchens Letters to a Young Contrarian

“The offer of certainty, the offer of complete security, the offer of an impermeable faith that can’t give way, is an offer of something not worth having. I want to live my life taking the risk all the time that I don’t know anything like enough yet; that I haven’t understood enough; that I can’t know enough; that I’m always hungrily operating on the margins of a potentially great harvest of future knowledge and wisdom. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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“The one unforgivable sin is to be boring.”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“The only real radicalism in our time will come as it always has—from people who insist on thinking for themselves and who reject party-mindedness.”

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“The people who must never have power are the humorless. To impossible certainties of rectitude they ally tedium and uniformity.”

Christopher Hitchens Arguably

“The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“The problem with open-mindedness is that it can become empty-mindedness.”

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“The search for Nirvana, like the search for Utopia or the end of history or the classless society, is ultimately a futile and dangerous one. It involves, if it does not necessitate, the sleep of reason. There is no escape from anxiety and struggle.”

Christopher Hitchens Love, Poverty, and War

“The true essence of a dictatorship is in fact not its regularity but its unpredictability and caprice; those who live under it must never be able to relax, must never be quite sure if they have followed the rules correctly or not.”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“The usual duty of the 'intellectual' is to argue for complexity and to insist that phenomena in the world of ideas should not be sloganized or reduced to easily repeated formulae.”

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“There are all kinds of stupid people that annoy me but what annoys me most is a lazy argument.”

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“There are days when I miss my old convictions as if they were an amputated limb. But in general I feel better, and no less radical, and you will feel better too, I guarantee, once you leave hold of the doctrinaire and allow your chainless mind to do its own thinking.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“There can be no progress without head-on confrontation.”

Christopher Hitchens Love, Poverty, and War

“There is some relationship between the hunger for truth and the search for the right words. This struggle may be ultimately indefinable and even undecidable, but one damn well knows it when one sees it.”

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“Those of us who are most genuinely repelled by war and violence are also those who are most likely to decide that some things, after all, are worth fighting for.”

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“Those who are determined to be offended will discover a provocation somewhere. We cannot possibly adjust enough to please the fanatics, and it is degrading to make the attempt.”

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“Though I dislike to differ with such a great man, Voltaire was simply ludicrous when he said that if god did not exist it would be necessary to invent him. The human invention of god is the problem to begin with.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“Time spent arguing is, oddly enough, almost never wasted.”

Christopher Hitchens Letters to a Young Contrarian

“To be against rationalization is not the same as to be opposed to reasoning.”

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“To choose dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation—is that good for the world?”

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“To the dumb question 'Why me?', the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply: 'Why not?'”

Christopher Hitchens Mortality

“Very often the test of one's allegiance to a cause or to a people is precisely the willingness to stay the course when things are boring, to run the risk of repeating an old argument just one more time, or of going one more round with a hostile or much worse indifferent audience.”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“Violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children: organized religion ought to have a great deal on its conscience.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“We are not immune to the lure of wonder and mystery and awe: we have music and art and literature, and find that the serious ethical dilemmas are better handled by Shakespeare and Tolstoy and Schiller and Dostoyevsky and George Eliot than in the mythical morality tales of the holy books.”

Christopher Hitchens God is Not Great

“We can always be sure of one thing—that the messengers of discomfort and sacrifice will be stoned and pelted by those who wish to preserve at all costs their own contentment. This is not a lesson that is confined to the Testaments.”

Christopher Hitchens Love, Poverty, and War

“We keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality. On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid.”

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“We live only a few conscious decades, and we fret ourselves enough for several lifetimes.”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“What better way for a ruling class to claim and hold power than to pose as the defenders of the nation.”

Christopher Hitchens Thomas Paine's Rights of Man

“When Maimonides says that the Messiah will come but that 'he may tarry,' we see the origin of every Jewish shrug from Spinoza to Woody Allen.”

Christopher Hitchens Letters to a Young Contrarian

“When people have tried everything and have discovered that nothing works, they will tend to revert to what they know best—which will often be the tribe, the totem, or the taboo.”

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“You have to choose your future regrets.”

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“Your ideal authors ought to pull you from the foundering of your previous existence, not smilingly guide you into a friendly and peaceable harbor.”

Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22