Robert Green Ingersoll Quotes

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.

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

Courage without conscience is a wild beast.

Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.

Happiness is not a reward – it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment – it is a result.

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.

Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.

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.

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.

If I owe Smith ten dollars and God forgives me, that doesn’t pay Smith.

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.

In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.

Insolence is not logic; epithets are the arguments of malice.

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.

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

Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.

Let us put theology out of religion. Theology has always sent the worst to heaven, the best to hell.

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.

Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.

The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it.

Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.

We need men with moral courage to speak and write their real thoughts, and to stand by their convictions, even to the very death.

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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