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Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Did we not aid the grisly Taliban to achieve and hold power? Yes indeed ‘we’ did. Well, does that not double or triple our responsibility to remove them from power?”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “In particular, it is absurd to hope to banish envy of other people’s possessions or fortunes, if only because the spirit of envy can lead to emulation and ambition and have positive consequences.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “A sure sign of ineptitude and malice is manifested when one’s attacker is willing to cover himself with mud in order to try and make some of it adhere to his target.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “My children, to the extent that they have found religion, have found it from me, in that I insist on at least a modicum of religious education for them.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “An individual deficient in the sense of humor represents more of a challenge to our idea of the human than a person of subnormal intelligence.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “We know that our life is essentially tragic. I’m absolutely not for handing over that very important department of our psyche to those who say, “Why didn’t you say so before? God has a plan for you in mind.””
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Your least favorite virtue, or nominee for the most overrated one? Faith. Closely followed – in view of the overall shortage of time – by patience.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “My dear wife has, I would say, probably never opened a religious book, and seems to be one of those people to whom the whole idea is utterly remote and absurd.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The only known cure for poverty is emancipation of women.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “No one has the right to tell me what to do because he has a divine warrant.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “My father had died, and very swiftly, too, of cancer of the esophagus. He was 79. I am 61. In whatever kind of a ‘race’ life may be, I have very abruptly become a finalist.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “People know when they are being lied to, they know when their rulers are absurd, they know they do not love their chains.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Where would you like to live? In a state of conflict or a conflicted state?”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The pornography of tough-mindedness, covert action, and preparedness for “peace through strength” has had a predictably hypnotic effect on the legislative branch, turning it from legal watchdog to lapdog.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Ordinary morality is innate in my view.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Urging humans to be superhumans, on pain of death and torture, is the urging of terrible self-abasement at their repeated and inevitable failure to keep the rules.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The term ‘the American Left’ is as near to being meaningless or nonsensical as any term could really be in politics. It isn’t really a force in politics anymore. And it would do well to ask itself why that is.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Well, I’ll put it this way: you can certainly say belief in God makes people behave worse. That can be proved beyond a doubt.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The people who tend to raise antiwar slogans will do so generally when it’s American or British interests involved.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I flatter myself, that I have discovered an argument of a like nature, which, if just, will, with the wise and learned, be an everlasting check to all kinds of superstitious delusion, and consequently, will be useful as long as the world endures. For so long, I presume, will the accounts of miracles and prodigies be found in all history, sacred and profane.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “If asked my opinion about virginity, I would say, “I’m opposed to it.” I don’t think it deserves to be celebrated, at any rate. Or at least, if I’m not opposed, I’m very highly skeptical and critical of it.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “It ought to be an offense to be excruciating and unfunny in circumstances where your audience is almost morally obliged to enthuse.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I don’t think it’s possible to have a sense of tragedy without having a sense of humor.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “There is a division within the neo-conservative movement, which is, by the way, one of the tests of its authenticity as a tendency. I would say I was a supporter of Paul Wolfowitz.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I felt Clinton represented the worst of the 1960s.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The thing about religion is that it’s the first and the worst. The worst because it’s the first.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The politicized sponsors of this pseudoscientific nonsense should be ashamed to live, let alone die. 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: “At Oxford one was positively encouraged to take wine during tutorials. The tongue must be untied.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I have a strong constitution which has served me quite well, though if I hadn’t had such a strong one I might have led a more healthy life perhaps.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The press is still investing itself, it seems to me, in a sort of cynicism. It comes out better for them if they can predict hard times, bogging down, sniping, attrition.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Cancer victimhood contains a permanent temptation to be self-centred and even solipsistic.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I’m not very impressed by people who yell “traitor” and “communist” and other less printable things. I don’t like it.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “A bit of a stomach give a chap a position in society.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Terrorism works better as a tactic for dictatorships, or for would-be dictators, than for revolutionaries .”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Only a complete moral idiot can believe for an instant that we are fighting against the wretched of the earth. We are fighting, as I said before, against the scum of the earth.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “If people I’ve never met or don’t know say that what I’ve written or done or said means anything to them, then I’m happy to take it at face value, for once. It cheers me up.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “George Bush made a mistake when he referred to the Saddam Hussein regime as ‘evil.’ Every liberal and leftist knows how to titter at such black-and-white moral absolutism.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “In modern Greek history, there is a close relationship between national humiliation and political radicalization.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Unlike other countries, it was founded on written proclamations. America is an ideal as well as a republic. Its documents are open to revisions. They’re works in progress. There’s an invitation to participate.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Religion is compulsory in English schools, you know.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The secular argument, or the liberal argument, is to as much as possible remove taboos so things do not become unmentionable; to let some air into the discussion.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I still make sure to go, at least once every year, to a country where things cannot be taken for granted, and where there is either too much law and order or too little.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The diet book is one of those fool-and-money separation devices that seems, like roulette or slot machines, never to lose its power.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “If you think all this is going on, all these gigantic fields of gravity and light with you in mind, then you really do have a self-centredness problem.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I vote and I do jury duty.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I’m terrified of losing my voice.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The rich world likes and wishes to believe that someone, somewhere, is doing something for the Third World. For this reason, it does not inquire too closely into the motives or practices of anyone who fulfills, however vicariously, this mandate.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “I joined a small but growing post-Trotskyite Luxembourgist sect.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “Even with all the advantages of retrospect, and a lot of witnesses dead and gone, you can’t make your life look as if you intended it or you were consistent. All you can show is how you dealt with various hands.”
Christopher Hitchens Quote: “The true essence of a dictatorship is in fact not its regularity but its unpredictability and caprice; those who live under it must never be able to relax, must never be quite sure if they have followed the rules correctly or not.”
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