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No one infers a god from the simple, from the known, from what is understood, but from the
complex, from the unknown, and incomprehensible. Our ignorance is God; what we know is
science.
Robert G. Ingersoll

The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave, and is a traitor to himself and to his
fellow-men.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Love is natural. Back of all ceremony burns and will forever burn the sacred flame. There has
been no time in the world's history when that torch was extinguished. In all ages, in all
climes, among all people, there has been true, pure, and unselfish love.
Robert G. Ingersoll

I would not wish to live in a world where I could not express my honest opinions. Men who
deny to others the right of speech are not fit to live with honest men.
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Blasphemy is what an old mistake says of a newly discovered truth.
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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 love and won. And a woman who really loves a man does not see
that he grows old; he is not decrepit to her; she always sees the same gallant gentleman
who won her hand and heart.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Is there an intelligent man or woman now in the world who believes in the Garden of Eden
story? If you find any man who believes it, strike his forehead and you will hear an echo.
Something is for rent.
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Most men are followers, and implicitly rely upon the judgment of others.
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I have made up my mind that if there is a God, he will be merciful to the merciful. Upon that
rock I stand.
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We need men with moral courage to speak and write their real thoughts, and to stand by their
convictions, even to the very death.
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The notion that faith in Christ is to be rewarded by an eternity of bliss, while a dependence
upon reason, observation, and experience merits everlasting pain, is too absurd for refutation,
and can be believed only by that unhappy mixture of insanity and ignorance, called faith.
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In all ages hypocrites, called priests, have put crowns on the heads of thieves, called kings.
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If we are immortal it is a fact in nature, and we are not indebted to priests for it, nor to bibles
for it, and it cannot be destroyed by unbelief.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Justice is the only worship.
Love is the only priest.
Ignorance is the only slavery.
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.
Wisdom is the science of happiness.
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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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When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are
myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood the sense, the
feeling, the joy of freedom. The walls of my prison crumbled and fell. The dungeon was flooded
with light and all the bolts and bars and manacles became dust.
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As long as every question is answered by the word "God," scientific inquiry is simply impossible.
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Liberty is the condition of progress. Without Liberty, there remains only barbarism. Without
Liberty, there can be no civilization.
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Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows.
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Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.
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We are satisfied that there can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in
heaven.
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And why does this same God tell me how to raise my children when he had to drown his?
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The dead do not suffer. And if they live again, their lives will surely be as good as ours. We
have no fear. We are all children of the same mother, and the same fate awaits us all. We,
too, have our religion, and it is this: Help for the living, hope for the dead.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Nature never prompted a loving mother to throw her child into the Ganges. Nature never
prompted men to exterminate each other for a difference of opinion concerning the baptism of
infants. These crimes have been produced by religions filled with all that is illogical, cruel and
hideous.
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When the will defies fear, when the heart applauds the brain, when duty throws the gauntlet
down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death - this is heroism.
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Wait until the world is free before you write a creed. In this creed there will be but one word
- Liberty.
Robert G. Ingersoll

The Church demonstrated the falsity and folly of Darwin's theories by showing that they
contradicted the Mosaic account of creation, and now that the theories of Darwin having been
fairly established, the Church says that the Mosaic account is true because it is in harmony
with Darwin. Now, if it should turn out that Darwin was mistaken, what then?
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I had rather live and love where death is king, than have eternal life where love is not.
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In the world of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
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