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Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children: organized religion ought to have a great deal on its conscience.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “There is an old Belfast joke about the man stopped at a roadblock and asked his religion. When he replies that he is an atheist he is asked, “Protestant or Catholic atheist?”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “In my life, the only certainty is to be uncertain. I’m an unbeliever who believes in skepticism. I’m only sure about being unsure.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The barbarians never take a city until someone holds the gates open to them. And it’s your own multicultural authorities who will do it for you.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “To remember friendship is to recall those conversations that it seemed a sin to break off.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The only real radicalism in our time will come as it always has – from people who insist on thinking for themselves and who reject party-mindedness.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “You notice how liberals keep saying, ‘If only Islam would have a Reformation’ – it can’t have one. It says it can’t. It’s extremely dangerous in that way.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Who are your favourite heroines in real life? The women of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran who risk their lives and their beauty to defy the foulness of theocracy. Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Azar Nafisi as their ideal feminine model.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “There are also people who say it’s God’s curse on me that I should have it near my throat because that was the organ of blasphemy which I used for so many years. I’ve used many other organs to blaspheme as well if it comes to that.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I am a person of faith: I am a person who will believe practically anything on no evidence at all.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The measure of an education is that you acquire some idea of the extent of your ignorance.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “David Irving is not just a Fascist historian. He is also a great historian of Fascism .”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The cause of my life has been to oppose superstition. It’s a battle you can’t hope to win – it’s a battle that’s going to go on forever. It’s part of the human condition.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I want to live my life taking the risk – all the time – that I don’t know anything like-enough yet, that I haven’t understood enough, that I can’t know enough, that I’m always hungrily operating on the margins of a potentially great harvest of future knowledge and wisdom... Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Religion poisons everything.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Solidarity is an attitude of resistance, I suppose, or it should be.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “And the pleasures and rewards of the intellect are inseparable from angst, uncertainty, conflict and even despair.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Those who want to be offended don’t have the right to try and close down the newspaper that offends them.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “God did not create man in his own image. Evidently, it was quite the other way about, which is the painless explanation for the profusion of gods and religions, and the fratricide both between and among faiths, that we see all about us and that has so retarded the development of civilization.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Religion is not just incongruent with morality, but in essential ways incompatible with it.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “As the cleansing ocean closes over bin Laden’s carcass, may the earth lie lightly on the countless graves of those he sentenced without compunction to be burned alive or dismembered in the street.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “It especially annoys me when racists are accused of ‘discrimination.’ The ability to discriminate is a precious faculty; by judging all members on one ‘race’ to be the same, the racist precisely shows himself incapable of discrimination.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I could be spending time looking through a telescope or into a microscope and finding out the most extraordinary, wonderful things, but people say faith can move mountains. Faith in what, by the way? You haven’t said.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “We are not immune to the lure of wonder and mystery and awe: we have music and art and literature, and find that the serious ethical dilemmas are better handled by Shakespeare and Tolstoy and Schiller and Dostoyevsky and George Eliot than in the mythical morality tales of the holy books.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Today I want to puke when I hear the word ‘radical’ applied so slothfully and stupidly to Islamist murderers; the most plainly reactionary people in the world.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “It is only those who hope to transform human beings who end up by burning them, like the waste product of a failed experiment.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I leave it to the faithful to burn each other’s churches and mosques and synagogues, which they can be always relied upon to do.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “My challenge: Name an ethical statement or action, made or performed by a person of faith, that could not have been made or performed by a nonbeliever.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Religion, it is true, still possesses the huge if cumbersome and unwieldy advantage of having come first.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Religion has been an enormous multiplier of tribal suspicion and hatred.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I learned that to be amusing was not to be frivolous and that language – always the language – was the magic key as much to prose as to poetry.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “In the grip of a neurological disorder, I am fast losing control of words even as my relationship with the world has been reduced to them.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “A point, like a joke, is a terrible thing to miss.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “No one can deny, in face of the evidence, that it is easy, given military power, to produce a population of fanatical lunatics. It would be equally easy to produce a population of sane and reasonable people, but many governments do not wish to do so, since such people would fail to admire the politicians who are at the head of these governments.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “It is a deformity in some ‘radicals’ to imagine that, once they have found the lowest or meanest motive for an action or for a person, they have correctly identified the authentic or ‘real’ one. Many a purge or show trial has got merrily under way in this manner.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I think I write in a fairly self-confident manner.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “It’s a big mistake to think that your own cause, or your own country, or your own side has God in its corner. For one thing, it commits the sin of pride.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “We have preachers and savants who dilate endlessly on the sanctity of family and childhood but who tolerate a system in which a casual observer can correlate a child’s social origin with its physical well-being.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Well, to the people who pray for me to not only have an agonising death, but then be reborn to have an agonising and horrible eternal life of torture, I say, ‘Well, good on you. See you there.’”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Yes I have free will; I have no choice but to have it.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “A faction willing to take the risks of making war on the ossified status quo in the Middle East can be described as many things, but not as conservative.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Those who naively credit Gandhi with a conscientious or consistent pacifism might wish to ask if this did not amount to letting the Japanese imperialists do his fighting for him.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Evolution is, as well as smarter than we are, infinitely more callous and cruel, and also capricious.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Principles have a way of enduring, as do the few irreducible individuals who maintain allegiance to them.”
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: “Ignorance, to a scientist, is an itch that begs to be pleasurably scratched. Ignorance, if you are a theologian, is something to be washed away by shamelessly making something up.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “All the excitements of a prohibited book had their usual effect, one of which, as always, is to expose the fact that the censors don’t know what they are talking about.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “If I was to interrupt this article every few sentences, asking you whether or not I was making a good impression on you, I hope and believe that you would think I was a servile jerk. Yet this is what our politicians are doing in every speech.”
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.”
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