Clarence Darrow Quotes



Best 26 Quotes by Clarence Darrow

“A criminal is a person with predatory instincts; but, without sufficient capital to form a corporation.”

“As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and if no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.”

“Chase after the truth like all hell and you’ll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails.”

“Do you, good people, believe that Adam and Eve were created in the Garden of Eden and that they were forbidden to eat from the tree of knowledge? I do. The church has always been afraid of that tree. It still is afraid of knowledge. Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas. So does whiskey. I believe in the brain of man. I'm not worried about my soul.”

“Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?”

“History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history.”

“I am an Agnostic because I am not afraid to think. I am not afraid of any god in the universe who would send me or any other man or woman to hell. If there were such a being, he would not be a god; he would be a devil.”

“I believe that religion is the belief in future life and in God. I don't believe in either. I don't believe in God as I don’t believe in Mother Goose.”

“I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure — that is all that agnosticism means.”

“I have always felt that doubt was the beginning of wisdom, and the fear of God was the end of wisdom.”

“It’s not bad people I fear so much as good people. When a person is sure that he is good, he is nearly hopeless; he gets cruel- he believes in punishment.”

“Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.”

“No law was ever made by the people; they are made for the people.”

“Nothing is so loved by tyrants as obedient subjects.”

“Sympathy is the child of imagination.”

“The first half of our lives are ruined by our parents and the second half by our children.”

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“It is possible that the scrupulously honest man may not grow rich so fast as the unscrupulous and dishonest one; but the success will be of a truer kind, earned without fraud or injustice.

And even though a man should for a time be unsuccessful, still he must be honest: better lose all and save character. For character is itself a fortune.”


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“The purpose of man is like the purpose of a pollywog - to wiggle along as far as he can without dying; or, to hang to life until death takes him.”

“The true man neither guiltily conceals nor anxiously explains nor vulgarly parades.”

“The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything.”

“This is life and all there is of life; to play the game, to play the cards we get; play them uncomplainingly and play them to the end. the playing of the game is the forgetting of self and play it bravely to the end.”

“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.”

“We are born and we die; and between these two most important events in our lives more or less time elapses which we have to waste somehow or other. In the end it does not seem to matter much whether we have done so in making money, or practicing law, or reading or playing, or in any other way, as long as we felt we were deriving a maximum of happiness out of our doings.”

“When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. I’m beginning to believe it.”

“When we fully understand the brevity of life, its fleeting joys and unavoidable pains; when we accept the facts that all men and women are approaching an inevitable doom: the consciousness of it should make us more kindly and considerate of each other. This feeling should make men and women use their best efforts to help their fellow travelers on the road, to make the path brighter and easier as we journey on. It should bring a closer kinship, a better understanding, and a deeper sympathy for the wayfarers who must live a common life and die a common death.”

“You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free.”

Why I Am An Agnostic Quotes

“The fear of God is not the beginning of wisdom. The fear of God is the death of wisdom. Skepticism and doubt lead to study and investigation, and investigation is the beginning of wisdom.”

Why I Am An Agnostic

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“A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.”


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