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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Robert Green Ingersoll Quotes

Robert Green Ingersoll #Good #Happiness #Time

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.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Best #Religion

Let us put theology out of religion. Theology has always sent the worst to heaven, the best to hell.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Age #Courage

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.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Courage

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Courage #Death #Men

We need men with moral courage to speak and write their real thoughts, and to stand by their convictions, even to the very death.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Courage

Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Death #Hope

In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Death #Fear

When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death - that is heroism.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Education

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Experience #Science

Reason, observation, and experience the holy trinity of science.
Robert Green Ingersoll #God

If I owe Smith ten dollars and God forgives me, that doesn't pay Smith.
Robert Green Ingersoll #God #Work

An honest God is the noblest work of man.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Happiness

Happiness is not a reward - it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment - it is a result.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Hope

Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Love

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.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Men

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.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Strength

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.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Anger

Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Nature

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments there are consequences.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Hope #Nature

Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Death

I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Happiness #Time

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.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Religion

Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.
Robert Green Ingersoll #Truth

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.
Robert Green Ingersoll #God

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.