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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.

An honest God is the noblest work of man.

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

Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.

Courage without conscience is a wild beast.

Every man is dishonest who lives upon the labor of others, no matter if he occupies a throne.

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.

Few rich men own their property; their property owns them.

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 bee that makes honey without flowers.

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.

I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not.

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.

Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows.

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