Robert G. Ingersoll

(Robert Green "Bob" Ingersoll)

Robert G. Ingersoll
Robert G. Ingersoll
  • Born: August 11, 1833
  • Died: July 21, 1899
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Lawyer

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All I claim, all I plead for, is liberty of thought and expression. That is all. I do not pretend to tell what is absolutely true, but what I think is true. I do not pretend to tell all the truth.. Freedom & Liberty
As long as dishonorable success outranks honest effort—as long as society bows and cringes before the great thieves, there will be little ones enough to fill the jails. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
As long as every question is answered by the word “God,” scientific inquiry is simply impossible. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
By intellectual liberty I mean the right to think and the right to think wrong. Freedom & Liberty
Christianity has made more lunatics than it ever provided asylums for. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Every man that lowered our flag was a Democrat.... Every preacher that said slavery was a divine institution was a Democrat. Recollect it! Every man that shot a Union soldier was a Democrat. Every wound borne by you Union soldiers is a souvenir of a Democrat. Political Parties & Machines
Every man that tried to spread smallpox and yellow fever in the North, as the instrumentalities of civilized war, was a Democrat. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Every science has been an outcast. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Every sect is a certificate that God has not plainly revealed his will to man. To each reader the Bible conveys a different meaning. Religion & God
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Happily for us, there was no church strong enough to dictate to the rest. Fortunately for us, the colonists not only, but the colonies differed widely in their religious views. There were the Puritans who hated the Episcopalians, and Episcopalians who hated the Catholics, and the Catholics who hated both, while the Quakers held them all in contempt. There they were, of every sort, and color and kind, and how was it that they came together? They had a common aspiration. They wanted to form a new nation. More than that, most of them cordially hated Great Britain; and they pledged each other to forget these religious prejudices, for a time at least, and agreed that there should be only one religion until they got through, and that was the religion of patriotism. They solemnly agreed that the new nation should not belong to any particular church, but that it should secure the rights of all. Religion & God
Heresy is what the minority believe; it is the name given by the powerful to the doctrines of the weak. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Honest investigation is utterly impossible within the pale of any church, for the reason, that if you think the church is right you will not investigate, and if you think it wrong, the church will investigate you. Religion & God
I am a believer in liberty. That is my religion — to give to every other human being every right that I claim for myself, and I grant to every other human being, not the right — because it is his right — but instead of granting I declare that it is his right, to attack every doctrine that I maintain, to answer every argument that I may urge — in other words, he must have absolute freedom of speech. Freedom & Liberty
I am not asking to be Governor of Illinois ... I have in my composition that which I have declared to the world as my views upon religion. My position I would not, under any circumstances, not even for my life, seem to renounce. I would rather refuse to be President of the United States than to do so. My religious belief is my own. It belongs to me, not to the State of Illinois. I would not smother one sentiment of my heart to be the Emperor of the round world. Religion & God
I deny the right of any man, of any number of men, of any church, of any State, to put a padlock on the lips — to make the tongue a convict. I passionately deny the right of the Herod of authority to kill the children of the brain. Freedom & Liberty
I would like to see a fair division of profits between capital and labor, so that the toiler could save enough to mingle a little June with the December of his life. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
I would not wish to live in a world where I could not express my honest opinions. Men who deny to others the right of speech are not fit to live with honest men. Freedom & Liberty
Ignorance, filth, and poverty are the missionaries of crime. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
In 1776 our fathers endeavored to retire the gods from politics …. It was a notice to all churches and priests that thereafter mankind would govern and protect themselves. Politically … it appealed from the Providence of God to the Providence of Man. Management & Managing Government
In all ages hypocrites called priests have put crowns upon the heads of thieves called kings. Religion & God
In all ages hypocrites, called priests, have put crowns on the heads of thieves, called kings. Religion & God
It is almost impossible to overtake, and kill, and bury a lie. If you do, some one will erect a monument over the grave, and the lie is born again as an epitaph. Miscellaneous
Justice should remove the bandage from her eyes long enough to distinguish between the vicious and the unfortunate. Justice & Injustice
Liberty: Give to every man the fruit of his own labor -- the labor of his hands and of his brain. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Like an armed warrior, like a plumed knight, James G. Blaine marched down the halls of the American Congress and threw his shining lance full against the brazen forehead of every traitor to this country and every maligner of his fair reputation. Nicknames
Nations, like small communities, are in danger of becoming provincial, and must become so, unless they exchange commodities, theories, thoughts, and ideals. Isolation is the soil of ignorance, and ignorance is the soil of egotism; and nations, like individuals who live apart, mistake provincialism for perfection, and hatred of all other nations for patriotism. States. Nations & Nationhood
No man should be allowed to own any land he does not use. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
No orthodox church ever had power that it did not endeavor to make people think its way by force and flame. Religion & God
Nothing is greater than to break the chains from the bodies of men—nothing nobler than to destroy the phantom of the soul. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Our Constitution was framed, not to declare and uphold the deity of Christ, but the sacredness of humanity. Ours is the first government made by the people and for the people. It is the only nation with which the gods have had nothing to do. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Our country, crowned with the vast and marvelous achievements of its first century, asks for a man worthy of the past and prophetic of her future; asks for a man who has the audacity of genius; asks for a man who is the grandest combination of heart, conscience and brain beneath her flag. Such a man is James G. Blaine. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Political rights have been preserved by traitors. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Samuel J. Tilden says we are a nation of thieves and rascals. If that is so he ought to be President. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Science extends an invitation to all nations. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Strange but true: those who have loved God most have loved men least. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The consequence is that what is called "the Law of Nations" is a savage code. The world will never be civilized until there is an international court. Savages begin to be civilized when they submit their difficulties to their peers. Nations will become civilized when they submit their difficulties to a great court, the judgments of which can be carried out, all nations pledging the cooperation of their armies and their navies for that purpose Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The farmers of our country live better than did the kings and princes two hundred years ago … Liberty and labor have given us all. Welfare
The history of the world demonstrates that man becomes what we call civilized by increasing his wants. History
The infidels of one age have been the aureoled saints of the next. History
There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments — there are only consequences. Environment & Environmentalism
There is no slavery but ignorance. Liberty is the child of intelligence. Freedom & Liberty
There is something wrong in a government where they who do the most have the least. There is something wrong when honesty wears a rag, and rascality a robe; when the loving, the tender, eat a crust, while the infamous sit at banquets. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
There will never be a generation of great men until there has been a generation of free women. Minorities & Women
To exempt the church from taxation is to pay part of the priest's salary. Taxes
Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
What is blasphemy? Of course nobody knows what it is, unless he takes into consideration where he is. What is blasphemy in one country would be a religious exhortation in another. It is owing to where you are and who is in authority. Freedom & Liberty
When those who do the work own the machines, when those who toil control the invention, then, and not till then, can the world be civilized or free, When these forces shall do the bidding of the individual, when they become the property of the mechanic instead of the monopoly, when they belong to labor instead of what is called capital, when these great powers are as free to the individual laborer as the air and light are now free to all, then, and not until then, the individual will be restored and all forms of slavery will disappear Work, Workers & The Labor Force ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Whoever attacks the popular falsehoods of his time will find that a lie defends itself by telling other lies. Nothing is so prolific, nothing can so multiply itself, nothing can lay and hatch as many eggs, as a good, healthy, lie. History
With most people, strangers are not only enemies, but inferiors. Discrimination & Prejudice
You have no right to erect your toll gate upon the highways of thought. Freedom & Liberty
A fact never went into partnership with a miracle. Truth scorns the assistance of wonders. A fact will fit every other fact in the universe, and that is how you can tell whether it is or is not a fact. A lie will not fit anything except another lie. Truth
A good character, like a Gibraltar, will stand against the testimony of all the rascals in the universe, no matter how they assail it. It will stand, and it will stand firmer and grander the more it is assaulted.
A good way to make children tell the truth is to tell it yourself. Keep your word with your child the same as you would with your banker. Truth
A great man does not seek applause or place; he seeks for truth; he seeks the road to happiness, and what he ascertains, he gives to others. Truth ;Happiness & Unhappiness
A great man is a torch in the darkness, a beacon in superstition's night, an inspiration and a prophecy.
A prayer that must have a cannon behind it better never be uttered. Forgiveness ought not to go in partnership with shot and shell. Love need not carry knives and revolvers. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
All the men of wealth should remember that everybody in a community has got, in some way, to be supported. I want to see them so that they can support themselves by their own labor.
All the punishment in the world will not reform a man, unless he knows that he who inflicts it upon him does it for the sake of reformation, and really and truly loves him, and has his good at heart. Punishment inflicted for gratifying the appetite makes man afraid but debases him.
An honest God is the noblest work of man. Religion & God ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.
As long as the people persist in voting for or against men on account of their religious views, just so long will hypocrisy hold place and power. Power
As long as we can get redress in the courts, as long as the laws shall be honestly administered, as long as honesty and intelligence sit upon the bench, as long as intelligence sits in the chairs of jurors, this country will stand, the law will be enforced, and the law will be respected.
Beauty is not all there is of poetry. It must contain the truth. It is not simply an oak, rude and grand, neither is it simply a vine. It is both. Around the oak of truth runs the vine of beauty. Truth ;Literature, Writers & Writing
Blasphemy is what an old dogma screams at a new truth.
Character is made of duty and love and sympathy, and, above all, of living and working for others. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Sympathy
Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.
Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
Custom is a prison, locked and barred by those who long ago were dust, the keys of which are in the keeping of the dead.
Every fact in the universe will fit every other fact in the universe. A lie never did, never will fit anything but another lie made to fit it. Never, never!
Every good government is made up of good families. The unit of good government is the family, and anything that tends to destroy the family is perfectly devilish and infamous. Government ;Families, Children & Parenting
Every man is dishonest who lives upon the labor of others, no matter if he occupies a throne.
Every man should be the intellectual proprietor of himself, honest with himself, and intellectually hospitable; and upon every brain, reason should be enthroned as king.
Every religion in the world has denounced every other religion as a fraud. That proves to me that they all tell the truth - about others. Truth ;Religion & God
Fear, prejudice, malice, and the love of approbation bribe a thousand men where gold bribes one. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Few nations have been so poor as to have but one god. Gods were made so easily, and the raw material cost so little, that generally the god market was fairly glutted and heaven crammed with these phantoms. Religion & God
Few rich men own their property; their property owns them.
For the most part, we inherit our opinions. We are the heirs of habits and mental customs.
Freedom believes in education - the salvation of slavery is ignorance. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Freedom & Liberty
Freedom has invented every useful machine, from the lowest to the highest, from the simplest to the most complex. Freedom & Liberty
George Eliot tenderly carried in her heart the burdens of our race. She looked through pity's tears upon the faults and frailties of mankind.
Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.
Good nature is the cheapest commodity in the world, and love is the only thing that will pay ten percent, to borrower and lender both. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nature
Happiness is not a reward - it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment - it is a result. Happiness & Unhappiness
Happiness is the legal-tender of the soul. Joy is wealth. Happiness & Unhappiness
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. Time ;Happiness & Unhappiness
He who does not want does not act.
He who refuses to stoop, who cannot be bribed by the promise of success or the fear of failure - who walks the highway of the right, and in disaster stands erect, is the only victor. Failure ;Success
Homes make patriots. He who has sat by his own fireside with wife and children will defend it. Few men have been patriotic enough to shoulder a musket in defense of a boarding house. The prosperity and glory of our country depend upon the number of people who are the owners of homes.
Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers. Hope
Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity. Hope
How poor this world would be without its graves, without the memories of its mighty dead. Only the voiceless speak forever.
I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I believe in living for this world - that's my doctrine - to make everybody happy that you can.
I can imagine no sweeter way to end one's life than in the quiet of the country, out of the mad race for money, place and power - far from the demands of business - out of the dusty highway where fools struggle and strive for the hollow praise of other fools. Life ;Business, Commerce & Finance ;Money, Coins & Minting
I concluded that all religions had the same foundation - a belief in the supernatural - a power above nature that man could influence by worship - by sacrifice and prayer. Nature ;Power
I do not believe anything comes by chance. I regard the present as the necessary child of a necessary past.
I find that in this day and generation, the meanest men have the lowest estimate of woman; that the greater the man is, the grander he is, the more he thinks of mother, wife and daughter.
I hope there is another life, for I would like to see how things come out in this world when I am dead. Life ;Hope
I regard the rights of men and women equal. In Love's fair realm, husband and wife are king and queen, sceptered and crowned alike, and seated on the self-same throne. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Women
I say that no man can be greater than the man who bravely and heroically sacrifices his life for the good of others. No man can be greater than the one who meets death face to face, and yet will not shrink from what he believes to be his highest duty. Life ;Death
I say, let us think. Let each one express his thought. Let us become investigators, not followers, not cringers and crawlers. If there is in Heaven an infinite being, he never will be satisfied with the worship of cowards and hypocrites.
I simply claim that what ideas I have, I have a right to express; and that any man who denies that right to me is an intellectual thief and robber.
I think the man who eats the bread of idleness is under a certain obligation to speak well of labor.
I want to tell you this: you cannot get the robe of hypocrisy on you so thick that the sharp eye of childhood will not see through every veil.
I will live by the standard of reason, and if thinking in accordance with reason takes me to perdition, then I will go to hell with my reason rather than to heaven without it.
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 would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Death
If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.
If I owe Smith ten dollars and God forgives me, that doesn't pay Smith. Religion & God
If matter cannot be destroyed, cannot be annihilated, it could not have been created. The indestructible must be uncreatable.
If the government can make money, what on earth does it collect taxes for you and me for? Why don't it make what money it wants, take the taxes out, and give the balance to us? Government ;Money, Coins & Minting
If the guardians of society, the protectors of 'young persons,' could have had their way, we should have known nothing of Byron or Shelley. The voices that thrill the world would now be silent. Society
If there is any God, there is only one way to please him, and that is by a conscientious discharge of your obligations to your fellow men. Religion & God
If you wish to reflect credit upon your parents, accomplish more than they did, solve problems that they could not understand, and build better than they knew.
Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows.
Ignorant people are apt to overrate the value of what is called education. The sons of the poor, having suffered the privations of poverty, think of wealth as the mother of joy. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
In every age in which books have been produced, the governing class, the respectable, have been opposed to the works of real genius.
In France, the people were the sport of a king's caprice. Everywhere was the shadow of the Bastille. It fell upon the sunniest field, upon the happiest home. Sports & Athletics
In my judgment, the American people are too brave, too charitable, too generous, too magnanimous, to believe in the infamous dogma of an eternal hell.
In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences. Nature
In order to appreciate a great man, we must know his surroundings. We must understand the scope of the drama in which he played - the part he acted - and we must also know his audience.
In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.
In spite of my surroundings, of my education, I had no love for God. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
In the grave should be buried the prejudices and passions born of conflict. Charity should hold the scales in which are weighed the deeds of men.
In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Hope ;Death
In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.
In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
Insolence is not logic; epithets are the arguments of malice.
Intelligence, integrity and courage are the great pillars that support the State. Above all, the citizens of a free nation should honor the brave and independent man - the man of stainless integrity, of will and intellectual force.
It always has been and forever will be impossible for slavery or any kind or form of injustice to produce a great poet.
It has been said that a man of genius should select his ancestors with great care - and yet there does not seem to be as much in heredity as most people think. The children of the great are often small.
It is a blessed thing that in every age some one has had the individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions.
It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
It is an old habit with theologians to beat the living with the bones of the dead.
It is hard to conceive of the utter demoralization, of the political blindness and immorality, of the patriotic dishonesty, of the cruelty and degradation of a people who supplemented the incomparable Declaration of Independence with the Fugitive Slave Law.
It is what people do not know that they persecute each other about.
Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.
Kings had their clowns, the people their actors and musicians. Shakespeare was scheduled as a servant. It is thus that successful stupidity has always treated genius.
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.
Let us put theology out of religion. Theology has always sent the worst to heaven, the best to hell. Religion & God
Liberty is the breath of progress.
Man never had an idea - man will never have an idea, except those supplied to him by his surroundings. Every idea in the world that man has came to him by nature. Nature
Many Americans do not understand that the officers of the government are simply the servants of the people. Government
Most people are Democrats because they hate something; most people are Republicans because they love something. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Nature is filled with tendencies and obstructions. Extremes beget limitations, even as a river by its own swiftness creates obstructions for itself. Nature
Neutrality is generally used as a mask to hide unusual bitterness. Sometimes it hides what it is - nothing. It always stands for hollowness of head or bitterness of heart, sometimes for both.
No system of religion should go in partnership with barbarism. Neither should any Christian feel it his duty to defend the savagery of the past. Religion & God
No writer must be measured by a word or paragraph. He is to be measured by his work - by the tendency, not of one line, but by the tendency of all. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Nothing has been left undone by the enemies of freedom. Every art and artifice, every cruelty and outrage has been practiced and perpetrated to destroy the rights of man. In this great struggle, every crime has been rewarded and every virtue has been punished. Freedom & Liberty ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Nothing is more despicable than to reach fame by crawling, position by cringing.
Our fathers founded the first secular government that was ever founded in this world. Recollect that. The first secular government - the first government that said every church has exactly the same rights and no more; every religion has the same rights, and no more. Religion & God ;Government
Our fathers knew that the flag was never intended to protect any man who wanted to assail it.
Our fathers worshiped the golden calf. The worst you can say of an American now is, he worships the gold of the calf.
Our government should be entirely and purely secular. The religious views of a candidate should be kept entirely out of sight. Government
Perish the infamous doctrine that man can have property in man. Let us resent with indignation every effort to put a chain upon our minds.
Perjury is the basest and meanest and most cowardly of crimes. What can it do? Perjury can change the common air that we breathe into the axe of an executioner.
Reason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery. Religion & God
Religion is not theory - it is life. It is not intellectual conviction - it is divine humanity, and nothing else. Life ;Religion & God
Roscoe Conkling was a man of superb courage. He not only acted without fear, but he had that fortitude of soul which bears the consequences of the course pursued without complaint.
Science has nothing in common with religion. Facts and miracles never did and never will agree. Religion & God ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Shakespeare pursued the highway of the right. He did not seek to put his characters in a position where it was right to do wrong.
So far as I am concerned, I think more of reasons than of reputations, more of principles than of persons, more of nature than of names, more of facts than of faiths. Nature
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.
Suspicion is only another form of cowardice. The man who suspects constantly suspects because he is afraid. Whenever you find a man with a free, frank, generous, brave nature, you will find that man without suspicion. Nature
Taste and love are not the servants of the will. Love is and must be free. It rises from the heart like perfume from a flower. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The American people do not like neutrality. They would rather a man were on the wrong side than on neither.
The Catholics of Maryland were the first people on the new continent to declare universal religious toleration. Let this be remembered to their eternal honor.
The children of great authors do not, as a rule, become writers.
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
The doctrine of immortality rests upon human affection. We love; therefore, we wish to live. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The government, in my judgment, cannot create money; the government can give its note, like an individual, and the prospect of its being paid determines its value. Government ;Money, Coins & Minting
The grandest ambition that any man can possibly have is to so live and so improve himself in heart and brain as to be worthy of the love of some splendid woman; and the grandest ambition of any girl is to make herself worthy of the love and adoration of some magnificent man. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The great man who gives a true transcript of his mind fascinates and instructs. Most writers suppress individuality. They wish to please the public.
The great poet is a great artist. He is painter and sculptor. The greatest pictures and statues have been painted and chiseled with words. They outlast all others.
The great poets have sympathized with the people. They have uttered in all ages the human cry. Unbought by gold, unawed by power, they have lifted high the torch that illuminates the world. Power
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it.
The literature of many lands is rich with the tributes that gratitude, admiration and love have paid to the great and honored dead. These tributes disclose the character of nations, the ideals of the human race. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The man who has really won the love of one good woman in this world, I do not care if he dies in the ditch a beggar - his life has been a success. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Success
The mind cannot be securely anchored. If we do not advance, we go backward. If we do not grow, we decay. If we do not develop, we shrink and shrivel.
The more liberty you give away the more you will have. Freedom & Liberty
The place does not make the man, nor the sceptre the king. Greatness is from within.
The real sustains the same relation to the ideal that a stone does to a statue - or that paint does to a painting. Realism degrades and impoverishes.
The religion that has to be supported by law is without value, not only, but a fraud and a curse. The religious argument that has to be supported by a musket is hardly worth making. Religion & God
The sacred books of all the world are worthless dross and common stones compared with Shakespeare's glittering gold and gleaming gems.
The superior man is the providence of the inferior. He is eyes for the blind, strength for the weak, and a shield for the defenseless. He stands erect by bending above the fallen. He rises by lifting others.
The time to be happy is now, and the place to be happy is here. Time
The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.
The truth is that all great men have had great mothers. Great women have had, as a rule, great fathers. Truth ;Women
The truth is that nearly everybody is right about some things and wrong about most things; and if a man's testimony is not to be taken until he is right on every subject, witnesses will be extremely scarce. Truth
The walls of that grand edifice called a good character have to be worked at during life. Life
There are so many societies, so many churches, so many -isms, that it is almost impossible for an independent man to succeed in a political career.
There are times when a falsehood well told bridges over quite a difficulty, but in the long run, you had better tell the truth, even if you swim the creek. Truth
There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.
There can be goodness without much intelligence - but it seems to me that perfect intelligence and perfect goodness must go together.
There is a quiet about the life of a farmer, and the hope of a serene old age, that no other business or profession can promise. Life ;Hope ;Business, Commerce & Finance
There is no common sense in going to the field to fight and leaving a man at home to undo all that you accomplish.
There is no slavery but ignorance.
There may be another life, and if there is, the best way to prepare for it is by making somebody happy in this. Life
They believed that every man should know how to read and how to write, and should find out all that his capacity allowed him to comprehend. That is the glory of the Puritan fathers.
They who gain applause and power by pandering to the mistakes, the prejudices and passions of the multitude are the enemies of liberty. Power
This great question of predestination and free will, of free moral agency and accountability, and being saved by the grace of God, and damned for the glory of God, have occupied the mind of what we call the civilized world for many centuries. Religion & God
Until every soul is freely permitted to investigate every book and creed and dogma for itself, the world cannot be free.
Voltaire lighted a torch and gave to others the sacred flame. The light still shines and will as long as man loves liberty and seeks for truth. Truth
Voltaire made up his mind to destroy the superstition of his time. He fought with every weapon that genius could devise or use. He was the greatest of all caricaturists, and he used this wonderful gift without mercy. Time
Voltaire! A name that excites the admiration of men, the malignity of priests. Pronounce that name in the presence of a clergyman, and you will find that you have made a declaration of war. War & Peace
Voltaire, as full of life as summer is full of blossoms, giving his ideas upon all subjects at the expense of prince and king, was exiled to England. Life
Walt Whitman defended the sacredness of love, the purity of passion - the passion that builds every home and fills the world with art and song. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
We can conceive of eternity because we cannot conceive of a cessation of time. We can conceive of infinite space because we cannot conceive of so much matter that our imagination will not stand upon the farthest star and see infinite space beyond. Time
We need men with moral courage to speak and write their real thoughts, and to stand by their convictions, even to the very death. Death
What is it that distinguishes you and me from the lower animals - from the beasts? More, I say, than anything else, human sympathy - human sympathy. Sympathy
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Freedom & Liberty
When every church becomes a school, every cathedral a university, every clergyman a teacher, and all their hearers brave and honest thinkers, then - and not until then - will the dream of poet, patriot, philanthropist and philosopher become a real and blessed truth. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Truth
When men are prosperous, they are in love with life. Nature grows beautiful, the arts begin to flourish, there is work for painter and sculptor, the poet is born, the stage is erected - and this life with which men are in love is represented in a thousand forms. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death - that is heroism. Death
When you go home, fill the house with joy so that the light of it will stream out the windows and doors and illuminate even the darkness. It is just as easy that way as any in the world.
Wherever the sword of rebellion is drawn to protect the rights of man, I am a rebel. Wherever the sword of rebellion is drawn to give man liberty, to clothe him in all his just rights, I am on the side of that rebellion.
Whether there is another life or not, if there is any being who gave me this, I shall thank him from the bottom of my heart, because, upon the whole, my life has been a joy. Life
Whoever labors for the happiness of those he loves elevates himself, no matter whether he works in the dreary shop or the perfumed field. Happiness & Unhappiness
Whoever marries simply for himself will make a mistake; but whoever loves a woman so well that he says, 'I will make her happy,' makes no mistake. And so with the woman who says, 'I will make him happy.'
You cannot change the conclusion of the brain by torture, nor by social ostracism. But I will tell you what you can do by these and what you have done. You can make hypocrites by the million.
You have to change men physically before you change them intellectually.
You need not go back four thousand years for heroines. The world is filled with them today. They do not belong to any nation, nor to any religion, nor exclusively to any race. Wherever woman is found, they are found. Religion & God