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Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “We rise by lifting others.”

We rise by lifting others.

— Robert G. Ingersoll



Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Commerce is the great civilizer. We exchange ideas when we exchange fabrics.”

Commerce is the great civilizer. We exchange ideas when we exchange fabrics.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Courage without conscience is a wild beast.”

Courage without conscience is a wild beast.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.”

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “A good deed is the best prayer.”

A good deed is the best prayer.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “This is my doctrine: Give every other human being every right you claim for yourself.”

This is my doctrine: Give every other human being every right you claim for yourself.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.”

Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The hands that help are better far than lips that pray.”

The hands that help are better far than lips that pray.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “A believer is a bird in a cage, a freethinker is an eagle parting the clouds with tireless wing.”

A believer is a bird in a cage, a freethinker is an eagle parting the clouds with tireless wing.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.”

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.

— Robert G. Ingersoll



Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “He loves his country best who strives to make it best.”

He loves his country best who strives to make it best.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Religion supports nobody. It has to be supported. It produces no wheat, no corn; it ploughs no land; it fells no forests. It is a perpetual mendicant. It lives on the labors of others, and then has the arrogance to pretend that it supports the giver.”

Religion supports nobody. It has to be supported. It produces no wheat, no corn; it ploughs no land; it fells no forests. It is a perpetual mendicant. It lives on the labors of others, and then has the arrogance to pretend that it supports the giver.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “As more people become more intelligent they care less for preachers and more for teachers.”

As more people become more intelligent they care less for preachers and more for teachers.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “All religion is slavery.”

All religion is slavery.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “I will not attack your doctrines nor your creeds if they accord liberty to me. If they hold thought to be dangerous – if they aver that doubt is a crime, then I attack them one and all, because they enslave the minds of men.”

I will not attack your doctrines nor your creeds if they accord liberty to me. If they hold thought to be dangerous – if they aver that doubt is a crime, then I attack them one and all, because they enslave the minds of men.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.”

In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Commerce is the great civilizer.”

Commerce is the great civilizer.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Above all things, one should maintain his self-respect, and there is but one way to do that, and that is to live in accordance with your highest ideal.”

Above all things, one should maintain his self-respect, and there is but one way to do that, and that is to live in accordance with your highest ideal.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Blasphemy is what an old dogma screams at a new truth.”

Blasphemy is what an old dogma screams at a new truth.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The myth of hell represents all the meanness, all the revenge, all the selfishness, all the cruelty, all the hatred, all the infamy of which the heart of man is capable.”

The myth of hell represents all the meanness, all the revenge, all the selfishness, all the cruelty, all the hatred, all the infamy of which the heart of man is capable.

— Robert G. Ingersoll



Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Most people can bear adversity. But if you wish to know what a man really is, give him power.”

Most people can bear adversity. But if you wish to know what a man really is, give him power.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Labor is the only prayer that Nature answers: It is the only prayer that deserves an answer – good, honest, noble work.”

Labor is the only prayer that Nature answers: It is the only prayer that deserves an answer – good, honest, noble work.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Meekness is the mask of malice.”

Meekness is the mask of malice.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The way to be happy is to make others so.”

The way to be happy is to make others so.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Mental slavery is mental death, and every man who has given up his intellectual freedom is the living coffin of his dead soul.”

Mental slavery is mental death, and every man who has given up his intellectual freedom is the living coffin of his dead soul.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Infidels in all ages have battled for the rights of man, and have at all times been the fearless advocates of liberty and justice.”

Infidels in all ages have battled for the rights of man, and have at all times been the fearless advocates of liberty and justice.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The more a man knows, the more willing he is to learn-the less a man knows, the more positive he is that he knows everything.”

The more a man knows, the more willing he is to learn-the less a man knows, the more positive he is that he knows everything.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “An infinite God ought to be able to protect Himself, without going in partnership with State Legislatures.”

An infinite God ought to be able to protect Himself, without going in partnership with State Legislatures.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Progress is born of doubt and inquiry. The Church never doubts, never inquires. To doubt is heresy, to inquire is to admit that you do not know – the Church does neither.”

Progress is born of doubt and inquiry. The Church never doubts, never inquires. To doubt is heresy, to inquire is to admit that you do not know – the Church does neither.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “All religious systems enslave the mind. Certain things are demanded-certain things must be believed-certain things must be done-and the man who becomes the subject or servant of this superstition must give up all idea of indivuality or hope of intellectual growth or progress.”

All religious systems enslave the mind. Certain things are demanded-certain things must be believed-certain things must be done-and the man who becomes the subject or servant of this superstition must give up all idea of indivuality or hope of intellectual growth or progress.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “I would rather be a beggar and spend my money like a king, than be a king and spend money like a beggar.”

I would rather be a beggar and spend my money like a king, than be a king and spend money like a beggar.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Belief is not a matter of choice, but of conviction.”

Belief is not a matter of choice, but of conviction.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Character survives; goodness lives; love is immortal.”

Character survives; goodness lives; love is immortal.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The God of hell should be held in loathing, contempt and scorn. A god who threatens eternal pain should be hated, not loved; cursed, not worshipped. A heaven presided over by such a god must be below the meanest hell.”

The God of hell should be held in loathing, contempt and scorn. A god who threatens eternal pain should be hated, not loved; cursed, not worshipped. A heaven presided over by such a god must be below the meanest hell.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Blasphemy is an epithet bestowed by superstition upon common sense.”

Blasphemy is an epithet bestowed by superstition upon common sense.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Too much doubt is better than too much credulity.”

Too much doubt is better than too much credulity.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “With soap, baptism is a good thing.”

With soap, baptism is a good thing.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The clergy know that I know that they know that they do not know.”

The clergy know that I know that they know that they do not know.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “If a man wishes to have God recognized in the constitution of our country, let him read the history of the Inquisition, and let him remember that hundreds of millions of men, women, and children have been sacrificed to placate the wrath, or win the approbation of this god.”

If a man wishes to have God recognized in the constitution of our country, let him read the history of the Inquisition, and let him remember that hundreds of millions of men, women, and children have been sacrificed to placate the wrath, or win the approbation of this god.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The Church says the Earth is flat. But I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow on the Moon. And I have more faith in a shadow than in the Church.”

The Church says the Earth is flat. But I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow on the Moon. And I have more faith in a shadow than in the Church.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Science built the Academy, superstition the Inquisition.”

Science built the Academy, superstition the Inquisition.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Fear is religion, courage is science.”

Fear is religion, courage is science.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.”

Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.”

Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “By nature all people are alike, but by education become different.”

By nature all people are alike, but by education become different.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Nothing discloses character like the use of power.”

Nothing discloses character like the use of power.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.”

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Let us account for all we see by the facts we know. If there are things for which we cannot account, let us wait for light. To account for anything by supernatural agencies is, in fact to say that we do not know. Theology is not what we know about God, but what we do not know about Nature.”

Let us account for all we see by the facts we know. If there are things for which we cannot account, let us wait for light. To account for anything by supernatural agencies is, in fact to say that we do not know. Theology is not what we know about God, but what we do not know about Nature.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “To the wise man, to the wise nation, the mistakes of the past are the torches of the present.”

To the wise man, to the wise nation, the mistakes of the past are the torches of the present.

— Robert G. Ingersoll


Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.”

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.

— Robert G. Ingersoll

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