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Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The destroyer of weeds, thistles, and thorns is a benefactor whether he soweth grain or not.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The old lady who said there must be a devil, else how could they make pictures that looked exactly like him, reasoned like a trained theologian – like a doctor of divinity.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Today the intelligence of the world denies the miraculous. Ignorance is the soil of the supernatural. The foundation of Christianity has crumbled, has disappeared, and the entire fabric must fall. The natural is true. The miraculous is false.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “In a world of cruelty, sympathy is a crime, and in a world of lies, truth is blasphemy.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Prayer is of no avail. The lightning falls on the just and the unjust in accordance with natural laws.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “We must remember that we have to make judges out of men, and that by being made judges their prejudices are not diminished and their intelligence is not increased.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The good part of Christmas is not always Christian – it is generally Pagan; that is to say, human, natural.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The record of a generous life runs like a vine around the memory of our dead, and every sweet unselfish act is now a perfumed flower.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “What light is to the eyes – what air is to the lungs – what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The idea that there is a God who rewards and punishes, and who can reward, if he so wishes, the meanest and vilest of the human race, so that he will be eternally happy, and can punish the best of the human race, so that he will be eternally miserable, is subversive of all morality.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The ministers, who preached at these revivals, were in earnest. They were zealous and sincere. They were not philosophers. To them science was the name of a vague dread – a dangerous enemy. They did not know much, but they believed a great deal.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “My principal objections to orthodox religion are two: slavery here and hell hereafter.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Love is natural. Back of allceremony burns and will forever burn the sacred flame. There has been no time in the world’s history when that torch was extinguished. In all ages, in all climes, among all people, there has been true, pure, and unselfish love.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Nothing could add to the horror of hell, except the presence of its creator, God. While I have life, as long as I draw breath, I shall deny with all my strength, and hate with every drop of my blood, this infinite lie.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “It is told that the great Angelo, in decorating a church, painted some angels wearing sandals. A cardinal looking at the picture said to the artist: Whoever saw angels with sandals? Angelo answered with another question: Whoever saw an angel barefooted?”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “I would not for my life destroy one star of human hope, but I want it so that when a poor woman rocks the cradle and sings a lullaby to the dimpled darling, she will not be compelled to believe that ninety-nine chances in a hundred she is raising kindling wood for hell.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Let every man teach his son, teach his daughter, that labor is honorable.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Few rich men own their property; their property owns them.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “If nobody has too much, everybody will have enough.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The combined wisdom and genius of all mankind cannot possibly conceive of an argument against liberty of thought.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The only reason why we wish to exchange thoughts is that we are different. If we were all the same, we would die dumb. No thought would be expressed after we found that our thoughts were precisely alike. We differ-our thoughts are different. Therefore the commerse that we call conversation.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “I would rather smoke one cigar than hear two sermons.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The rights of men and women should be equal and sacred-marriage should be a perfect partnership.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Jehovah was not a moral god. He had all the vices and he lacked all the virtues. He generally carried out all his threats, but he never faithfully kept a promise.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “There will never be a generation of great men until there has been a generation of free women – of free mothers.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “If priests had not been fond of mutton, lambs never would have been sacrified to god. Nothing was ever carried to the temple that the priest could not use, and it always happened that god wanted what his agents liked.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “No man with a sense of humor ever founded a religion.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Orthodoxy cannot afford to put out the fires of hell.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Heresy is what the minority believe; it is the name given by the powerful to the doctrines of the weak.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “I have always noticed that the people who have the smallest souls make the most fuss about getting them saved.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Shakespeare has done far more for the world than the Bible.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “I read the other day an account of a meeting between John Knox and John Calvin. Imagine a dialogue between a pestilence and a famine!”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “No one can control his own opinion or his own belief. My belief was forced upon me by my surroundings. I am the product of all circumstances that have in any way touched me.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Joy is wealth and love is the legal tender of the soul.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “There is in all artists a little of the vagabond.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “All prayers die in the air which they uselessly agitate.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Language is not subtle enough, tender enough, to express all that we feel; and when language fails, the highest and deepest longings are translated into music. Music is the sunshine – the climate – of the soul, and it floods the heart with a perfect June.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “For the most part we inherit our opinions. We are the heirs of habits and mental customs. Our beliefs, like the fashion of our garments, depend on where we were born. We are molded and fashioned by our surroundings.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Temptations are as thick as the leaves of the forest, and no one can be out of the reach of temptation unless he is dead. The great thing is to make people intelligent enough and strong enough, not to keep away from temptation, but to resist it.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Take the word Liberty from human speech and all the other words become poor, withered, meaningless sounds – but with that word realized – with that word understood, the world becomes a paradise.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Reason is the light, the sun of the brain. It is the compass of the mind, the ever-constant Northern Star, the mountain peak that lifts itself above all clouds.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Truth is the mother of joy. Truth civilizes, ennobles and purifies. The grandest ambition that can enter the soul is to know the truth.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Nothing could be more idiotic and absurd than the doctrine of the trinity.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “I have had some trouble in regarding evil as having been intended by infinite Goodness.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “If the world ever advances beyond what it is today, it must be led by men who express their real opinions.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “If this religion is true, then there is only one Savior, only one narrow path to life. Christianity cannot live in peace with any other religion.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “Surely there is grandeur in knowing that in the realm of thought, at least, you are without a chain; that you have the right to explore all heights and depth; that there are no walls nor fences, nor prohibited places, nor sacred corners in all the vast expanse of thought.”
Robert G. Ingersoll Quote: “The man who invented the telescope found out more about heaven than the closed eyes of prayer ever discovered.”
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