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Christopher Hitchens Quote: “One of the many dreadful aspects of the Kennedy ‘legacy’ is the now-unbreakable grip of celebrity politics, image-doctoring, stage management, and “torch-passing” rhetoric in general.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The road to Damascus was not and is not a one-way street.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Talking, it seemed to me, was the point of adult existence.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I don’t even like showing my stuff to publishers and editors much.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “As is so often the case with pieces that appear in the Onion, I honestly could not decide whether this was a clever hoax or not – the arguments were almost exactly as stupid as the real thing.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I’ve proved to be as difficult to convert as I am to hypnotize.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “So far, I have decided to take whatever my disease can throw at me, and to stay combative even while taking the measure of my inevitable decline. I repeat, this is no more than what a healthy person has to do in slower motion.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Nor have I any idea why Said should consider Orwell’s life a ‘comfortable’ one. Having taken a bullet through the throat, and while suffering from a demoralising and ultimately lethal case of TB, he lived on an astonishingly low budget and tried whenever possible to grow his own food and even to make his own furniture. Indeed, if there was anything affected about him, it might be his indifference to bourgeois life, his almost ostentatious austerity.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Your ideal authors ought to pull you from the foundering of your previous existence, not smilingly guide you into a friendly and peaceable harbor.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “When mass rapes occurred in the course of aggressive war in Bangladesh and later in Bosnia, Mother Teresa in the first case and the Pope in the second made strenuous appeals to the victims not to abort the seed of the invader and the violator.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The great thing about the United States and the historically magnetic effect it has had on a lot of people like me is its generosity, to put it simply.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “In this way he will draw men to him by the strong cords of their passions, made reason-proof by being baptized with the name of piety.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “A lot of people, because of my contempt for the false consolations of religion, think of me as a symbolic public opponent of that in extremis. And sometimes that makes me feel a bit alarmed, to be the repository of other people’s hope.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I’m not that keen on the idea of being unconscious.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Those who say that I am being punished are saying that god can’t think of anything more vengeful than cancer for a heavy smoker.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The two things he most valued, which is to say liberty and equality, were not natural allies.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Did I ever think I might have been wrong? Yes, sometimes and briefly. But never because of the supposed majority against me.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I think that people’s sexual preferences are a legitimate subject for humour, dirty humour if at all possible.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “And it seems possible, moving to the psychological arena, that people can be better off believing in something than in nothing, however untrue that something may be.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Don’t say that as a boy your grandmother used to read to you, unless at that stage of her life she really was a boy, in which case you have probably thrown away a better intro.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Religion, then, partakes of equal elements of the canine and the feline. It exacts maximum servility and abjection, requiring you to regard yourself as conceived and born in sin and owing a duty to a stern creator. But in return, it places you at the center of the universe and assures you that you are the personal object of a heavenly plan.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The forces of piety have always and everywhere been the sworn enemy of the open mind and the open book.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “In the late 1940s, a dystopian novel based on the notorious horrors of ‘National Socialism’ would probably have been very well-received. But it would have done nothing to shake the complacency of Western intellectuals concerning the system of state terror for which, at the time, so many of them had either a blind spot or a soft spot.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “If you don’t state a clear preference, then your drink is like a bad game of poker or a hasty drug transaction: It is whatever the dealer says it is. Please do try to bear this in mind.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Hesitate once, hesitate twice, hesitate a hundred times before employing political standards as a device for the analysis and appreciation of poetry.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “It is a frequent vice of radical polemic to assert, and even to believe, that once you have found the lowest motive for an antagonist, you have identified the correct one.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “This is a small episode in an unending argument between those who know they are right and therefore claim the mandate of heaven, and those who suspect that the human race has nothing but the poor candle of reason by which to light its way.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “In one was, I suppose, I have been “in denial” for some time, knowingly burning the candle at both ends and finding that it often gives a lovely light. But for precisely this reason, I can’t see myself smiting my brow with shock or hear myself whining about how it’s all so unfair: I have been taunting the Reaper into taking a free scythe in my direction and have now succumbed to something so predictable and banal that it bores even me.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Humans should not worship other humans at all, but if they must do so it is better that the worshipped ones do not occupy any positions of political power.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I have often wondered, that persons who make a boast of professing the Christian religion, namely, love, joy, peace, temperance, and charity to all men, should quarrel with such rancorous animosity, and display daily towards one another such bitter hatred, that this, rather than the virtues they claim, is the readiest criterion of their faith.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The usual duty of the “intellectual” is to argue for complexity and to insist that phenomena in the world of ideas should not be sloganized or reduced to easily repeated formulae.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “If you want to take part in the “war” against cancer, and other terrible maladies, too, then join the battle against their lethal stupidity.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Old-fashioned people still say “bless you” when one sneezes, but they have forgotten the reason for the custom. The reason was that people were thought to sneeze out their souls, and before their souls could get back lurking demons were apt to enter the unsouled body; but if any one said “God bless you,” the demons were frightened off.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Religion is, after all, more than the belief in a supreme being. It is the cult of that supreme being and the belief that his or her wishes have been made known or can be determined.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Only servility requires the realm of illusion.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Go too far outside “the box,” of course, and you will encounter a vernacular that is much less “tolerant.” Here, the key words are “fanatic,” “troublemaker,” “misfit” or “malcontent.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I am sorry for those who have never had the experience of seeing the victory of a national liberation movement, and I feel cold contempt for those who jeer at it.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Kierkegaard so shrewdly observes, one is condemned to live it forward and review it backward.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “If one must have faith in order to believe in something, then the likelihood of that something having any truth or value is considerably diminished. The harder work of inquiry, proof, and demonstration is infinitely more rewarding and has confronted us with findings far more “miraculous” and “transcendent” than any theology.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “To permit this gross new revelation to fade, or be forgiven, would be to devalue our most essential standard of what constitutes the unpardonable. And for what? For the reputation of a man who turns out to be not even a Holocaust denier but a Holocaust affirmer. There has to be a moral limit, and either this has to be it or we must cease pretending to ourselves that we observe one.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “For some reason, many religions force themselves to think of the birth canal as a one-way street, and even the Koran treats the Virgin Mary with reverence.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Those of us who follow politics seriously rather than view it as a game show do not look at Hillary Clinton and simply think ‘first woman president.’ We think – for example – ‘first ex-co-president’ or ‘first wife of a disbarred lawyer and impeached former incumbent’ or ’first person to use her daughter as photo-op protection during her husband’s perjury rap.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “This need to know things at the level of basic experience, and the reluctance to be fobbed off by the official story or the popular rumor, was a part of the “infinite capacity for taking pains” that Thomas Carlyle once described as the constituent of genius.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “There are times when it is conservative to be a revolutionary, when the world must be turned on its head in order to be stood on its feet.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The origin of superstition above given affords us a clear reason for the fact, that it comes to all men naturally, though some refer its rise to a dim notion of God, universal to mankind, and also tends to show, that it is no less inconsistent and variable than other mental hallucinations and emotional impulses, and further that it can only be maintained by hope, hatred, anger, and deceit; since it springs, not from reason, but solely from the more powerful phases of emotion.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “His style as a writer places him in the category of the immortals, and his courage as a critic outlives the bitter battles in which he engaged. As a result, we use the word ‘Orwellian’ in two senses: The first describes a nightmare state, a dystopia of untrammelled power; the second describes the human qualities that are always ranged in resistance to such regimes, and that may be more potent and durable than we sometimes dare to think.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I absolutely refuse to associate myself with anyone who cannot discern the essential night-and-day difference between theocratic fascism and liberal secular democracy, even less do I want to engage with those who are incapable of recognizing the basic moral distinction between premeditated mass murder and unintentional killing.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Orwell wrote easily and well about small humane pursuits, such as bird watching, gardening and cooking, and did not despise popular pleasures like pubs and vulgar seaside resorts. In many ways, his investigations into ordinary life and activity prefigure what we now call ’cultural studies.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “When the book was published, I had just turned sixty-one. I am writing this at a moment when, according to my doctors, I cannot be certain of celebrating another birthday.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Bad habits have brought me this far: why change such a tried-and-true formula?”
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