Robert Green Ingersoll

Robert Green Ingersoll

Robert Green "Bob" Ingersoll (August 11, 1833 – July 21, 1899) was an American lawyer, a Civil War veteran, political leader, and orator of the United States during the Golden Age of Free Thought, noted for his broad range of culture and his defense of agnosticism. He was nicknamed "The Great Agnostic".

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Courage without conscience is a wild beast.

Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows.

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.

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

Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.

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

In the republic of mediocrity genius is dangerous.

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.

The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.

The superior man is the providence of the inferior. He is eyes for the blind strength for the weak and a shield for the defenseless. He stands erect by bending above the fallen. He rises by lifting others.

Reason observation and experience, the holy trinity of science.

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

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.

There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.

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

There is no slavery but ignorance.

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

When the will defies fear when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate when honor scorns to compromise with death - that is heroism.

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

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

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