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CLARENCE DARROW
American lawyer
(1857 - 1938)
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Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails.
      - [Truth]

Depressions may bring people closer to the church but so do funerals.
      - [Depression]

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure--that is all that agnosticism means.
      - during the Scopes trial [Agnosticism]

I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.
      - [Ignorance]

If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think.
      - [Laughter]

Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.
      - [Doubt : Teaching]

No other offense has ever been visited with such severe penalties as seeking to help the oppressed.
      - [Oppression]

The best that we can do is to be kindly and helpful toward our friends and fellow passengers who are clinging to the same speck of dirt while we are drifting side by side to our common doom.
      - [Kindness]

The fact that there is a general belief in a future life is no evidence of its truth.
      - [Belief]

The only real lawyers are trial lawyers, and trial lawyers try cases to juries.
      - [Lawyers]

The origin of the absurd idea of immortal life is easy to discover; it is kept alive by hope and fear, by childish faith, and by cowardice.
      - [Immortality]

The pursuit of truth will set up free; even if you never catch up with it.
      - [Truth]

There is a soul of truth in error; there is a soul of good in evil.
      - [Truth]

To think is to differ.
      - [Thinking]

You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free.
      - Attorney for the Damned,
        in an address to the jury in the Communist Trial, 1920
        [Freedom]


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