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Robert Ingersoll was an American lawyer known for defending agnosticism. Hence his nickname The Great Agnostic.

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Robert G. Ingersoll quotes

“And why does this same God tell me how to raise my children when he had to drown his?”

Robert G. Ingersoll Some Mistakes of Moses

“Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.”

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“Any doctrine that will not bear investigation is not a fit tenant for the mind of an honest man. Any man who is afraid to have his doctrine investigated is not only a coward but a hypocrite.”

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“As more people become more intelligent they care less for preachers and more for teachers.”

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“Blasphemy is an epithet bestowed by superstition upon common sense.”

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“Courage without conscience is a wild beast.”

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“Every man who expresses an honest thought is a soldier in the army of intellectual liberty.”

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“Give me the storm and tempest of thought and action, rather than the dead calm of ignorance and faith! Banish me from Eden when you will; but first let me eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge!”

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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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“I do not believe in forgiveness as it is preached by the church. We do not need the forgiveness of God, but of each other and of ourselves.”

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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 there be an infinite Being, he does not need our help – we need not waste our energies in his defense.”

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“In all ages the people have honored those who dishonored them. They have worshiped their destroyers; they have canonized the most gigantic liars, and buried the great thieves in marble and gold. Under the loftiest monuments sleeps the dust of murder.”

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“In my judgment, the woman is the equal of the man. She has all the rights I have and one more, and that is the right to be protected. That is my doctrine. You are married; try and make the woman you love happy. Whoever marries simply for himself will make a mistake; but whoever loves a woman so well that he says 'I will make her happy,' makes no mistake. And so with the woman who says, 'I will make him happy.' There is only one way to be happy, and that is to make somebody else so.”

Robert G. Ingersoll The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child

“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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“It has always seemed absurd to suppose that a god would choose for his companions, during all eternity, the dear souls whose highest and only ambition is to obey.”

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“It is a splendid thing to think that the woman you really love will never grow old to you. Through the wrinkles of time, through the mask of years, if you really love her, you will always see the face you loved and won. And a woman who really loves a man does not see that he grows old; he is not decrepit to her; he does not tremble; he is not old; she always sees the same gallant gentleman who won her hand and heart. I like to think of it in that way; I like to think that love is eternal. And to love in that way and then go down the hill of life together, and as you go down, hear, perhaps, the laughter of grandchildren, while the birds of joy and love sing once more in the leafless branches of the tree of age.”

Robert G. Ingersoll The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child

“It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.”

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“Ministers say that they teach charity. This is natural. They live on alms. All beggars teach that others should give.”

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“Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.”

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“My dog just barks and plays - has all he wants to eat. He never works - has no trouble about business. In a little while he dies, and that is all.
I work with all my strength. I have no time to play. I have trouble every day. In a little while I will die, and then I go to hell. I wish that I had been a dog.”

Robert G. Ingersoll Why I Am An Agnostic

“Nothing but truth is immortal.”

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“Our ignorance is God; what we know is science.”

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“Progress is born of doubt and inquiry. The Church never doubts, never inquires. To doubt is heresy, to inquire is to admit that you do not know—the Church does neither.”

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“Reason, Observation and Experience — the Holy Trinity of Science — have taught us that happiness is the only good; that the time to be happy is now, and the way to be happy is to make others so. This is enough for us. In this belief we are content to live and die. If by any possibility the existence of a power superior to, and independent of, nature shall be demonstrated, there will then be time enough to kneel. Until then, let us stand erect.”

Robert G. Ingersoll On the Gods

“Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery. It is far better to be free, to leave the forts and barricades of fear, to stand erect and face the future with a smile.”

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“Take from the church the miraculous, the supernatural, the incomprehensible, the unreasonable, the impossible, the unknowable, the absurd, and nothing but a vacuum remains.”

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“The agnostic does not simply say, "l do not know." He goes another step, and he says, with great emphasis, that you do not know.”

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“The greatest test of courage is to bear defeat without losing heart.”

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“The hands that help are better far than lips that pray.”

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“The liberty of man is not safe in the hands of any church. Wherever the Bible and sword are in partnership, man is a slave.”

Robert G. Ingersoll Some Mistakes of Moses

“The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave, and is a traitor to himself and to his fellowmen.”

Robert G. Ingersoll The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child

“The more a man knows, the more willing he is to learn. The less a man knows, the more positive he is that he knows everything.”

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“The truth shall make you free, but first it shall make you angry.”

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“There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments — there are consequences.”

Robert G. Ingersoll The Christian Religion: An Enquiry

“There are treasures in books that all the money in the world cannot buy, but the poorest laborer can have for nothing.”

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“There is only one way to be happy, and that is to make somebody else so.”

Robert G. Ingersoll The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child

“This is my doctrine: Give every other human being every right you claim for yourself. Keep your mind open to the influences of nature. Receive new thoughts with hospitality. Let us advance.”

Robert G. Ingersoll The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child

“To give up your individuality is to annihilate yourself.”

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“To hate man and worship God seems to be the sum of all the creeds.”

Robert G. Ingersoll Some Mistakes of Moses

“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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“Whoever has an opinion of his own, and honestly expresses it, will be guilty of heresy.”

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“Why should we place Christ at the top and summit of the human race? Was he kinder, more forgiving, more self-sacrificing than Buddha? Was he wiser, did he meet death with more perfect calmness, than Socrates? Was he more patient, more charitable, than Epictetus? Was he a greater philosopher, a deeper thinker, than Epicurus? In what respect was he the superior of Zoroaster? Was he gentler than Lao-tsze, more universal than Confucius? Were his ideas of human rights and duties superior to those of Zeno? Did he express grander truths than Cicero? Was his mind subtler than Spinoza’s? Was his brain equal to Kepler’s or Newton’s? Was he grander in death – a sublimer martyr than Bruno? Was he in intelligence, in the force and beauty of expression, in breadth and scope of thought, in wealth of illustration, in aptness of comparison, in knowledge of the human brain and heart, of all passions, hopes and fears, the equal of Shakespeare, the greatest of the human race?”

Robert G. Ingersoll About the Holy Bible

“With soap, baptism is a good thing.”

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