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Robert Green Ingersoll Quotes

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Robert Green Ingersoll quotes

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.

In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.

Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Justice should remove the bandage from her eyes long enough to distinguish between the vicious and the unfortunate.

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

It is an old habit with theologians to beat the living with the bones of the dead.

The more liberty you give away the more you will have.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.