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Infidels in all ages have battled for the rights of man, and have at all times been the fearless advocates of liberty and justice.
Insolence is not logic; epithets are the arguments of malice.
It cannot be too often repeated, that truth scorns the assistance of miracle.
Laughing has always been considered by theologians as a crime.
No day can be so sacred but that the laugh of a little child will make it holier still.
Orthodoxy cannot afford to put out the fires of hell.
Our hope of immortality does not come from any religions, but nearly all religions come from that hope.
Religion is one of the phases of thought through which the world is passing.
The credulity of the church is decreasing, and the most marvelous miracles are not either "explained," allowed to take refuge behind the mistakes of the translators, or hide in the drapery of allegory.
There is the same difference between talent and genius that there is between a stone mason and a sculptor.
These heroes are dead. They died for liberty--they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless palace of rest. Earth may run red with other wars; they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead; cheers for the living; tears for the dead.
- [Hero Worship]
This crime called blasphemy was invented by priests for the purpose of defending doctrines not able to take care of themselves.
To argue with a man who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead.
To hate man and worship god seems to be the sum of all the creeds.
To prevent famine, one plow is worth a million sermons, and even patent medicines will cure more diseases than all the prayers uttered since the beginning of the world.
With soap, baptism is a good thing.
You have no right to erect your toll-gate upon the highways of thought.
It is a blessed thing that in every age some one has had individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions,--some one who had the grandeur to say his say. I believe it was Magellan who said, "The church says the earth is is flat; but I have seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more confidence even in a shadow than in the church." On the prow of of his ship were disobedience, defiance, scorn, and success.
Magellan quotation probably incorrectly attributed to him by Ingersoll
[Earth : Individuality : Magellan]
That divine swoon.
- Orthodoxy--Works (vol. II, p. 420) [Love]
Like an armed warrior, like a plumed knight, James G. Blaine marched down the halls of the American Congress and threw his shining lance full and fair against the brazen foreheads of the defamers of his country, and the maligners of his honor.
- The Plumed Knight,
speech in nomination of Blaine for president in the Republican Convention, Cincinnati
My creed is this:
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 help make others so.
(motto on the title page of vol. XII),
(Farrell's edition) [Religion]
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