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Robert Green Ingersoll

US agnostic, agnostic apologist, lawyer, & orator (1833 - 1899)

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

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

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Surely every human being ought to attain to the dignity of the unit. Surely it is worth while to be one, and to feel that the census of the universe would be incomplete without counting you. Surely there is grandeur in knowing that in the realm of thought you are without a chain; that you have the right to explore all heights and all depths; that there are no walls or fences, or prohibited places, or sacred corners in all the vast expanse of thought; that your intellect owes no allegiance to any being, human or divine; that you hold all in fee, and upon no condition, and by no tenure, whatsoever; that in the world of mind you are relieved from all personal dictation, and from the ignorant tyranny of majorities. Surely it is worth something to feel that there are no priests, no popes, no parties, no governments, no kings, no gods, to whom your intellect can be compelled to pay a reluctant homage. Surely it is a joy to know that all the cruel ingenuity of bigotry can devise no prison, no dungeon, no cell in which for one instant to confine a thought; that ideas cannot be dislocated by racks, nor crushed in iron boots, nor burned with fire. Surely it is sublime to think that the brain is a castle, and that within its curious bastions and winding halls the soul, in spite of all worlds and all beings, is the supreme sovereign of itself.

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It is a blessed thing that in every age someone has had the individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions.

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

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There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences.

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Any doctrine that will not bear investigation is not a fit tenant for the mind of an honest man.

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The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.

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

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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.

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Under the influence of art the walls expand, the roof rises, and it becomes a temple.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Courage without conscience is a wild beast.

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In the republic of mediocrity genius is dangerous.

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In nature there are neither rewards nor punishment - there are consequences.

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