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ROBERT GREEN INGERSOLL
American lawyer, orator, atheist and controversialist
(1833 - 1899)
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A crime against god is a demonstrated impossibility.
      - [Crime]

A good deed is the best prayer.
      - [Prayer]

A mortgage casts a shadow on the sunniest field.
      - [Debt]

A mule has neither pride of ancestry nor hope of posterity.
      - [Animals]

Age after age, the strong have trampled upon the weak; the crafty and heartless have ensnared and enslaved the simple and innocent, and nowhere, in all the annals of mankind, has any god succored the oppressed.
      - [Conquest]

An honest God is the noblest work of man.
      - [Honesty]

Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. In the examination of a great and important question, every one should be serene, slow-pulsed, and calm.
      - [Anger]

Belief is not a matter of choice, but of conviction.
      - [Belief]

Blasphemy is an epithet bestowed by superstition upon common sense.
      - [Blasphemy]

Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
      - [Conscience]

Custom meets us at the cradle and leaves us only at the tomb.
      - [Custom]

Every library is an arsenal.
      - [Libraries]

Every man who expresses an honest thought is a soldier in the army of intellectual liberty.
      - [Thought]

Fear is a dagger with which hypocrisy assassinates the soul.
      - [Fear]

God so loved the world that he made up his mind to damn a large majority of the human race.
      - [God]

He who commends the brutalities of the past, sows the seeds of future crimes.
      - [Crime]

Heresy is a cradle; orthodoxy a coffin.
      - [Heresy]

I belong to the Great Church which holds the world within its starlit aisles; that claims the great and good of every race and clime; that finds with joy the grain of gold in every creed, and floods with light and love the germs of good in every soul.
      - declaration in discussion with Rev. Henry M. Field on "Faith and Agnosticism", Farrell's "Life", vol. VI
        [Religion]

I found that the clergy did not understand their own book.
      - [Clergy]

I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
      - [Christianity]

If I go to heaven I want to take my reason with me.
      - [Reason]

If I owe Smith ten dollars, and God forgives me, that doesn't pay Smith.
      - [Debt]

If we admit that some infinite being has controlled the destinies of persons and peoples, history becomes a most cruel and bloody farce.
      - [God]

In all ages, hypocrites, called priests, have put crowns upon the heads of thieves, called kings.
      - [Hypocrisy]

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
      - [Mediocrity]


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