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Robert G. Ingersoll Quotes Collection

Robert G. Ingersoll Quotes Collection


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


  1. 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.


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

  1. Call me infidel, call me atheist, call me what you will, I intend so to treat my children, that they can come to my grave and truthfully say: ‘He who sleeps here never gave us a moment of pain. From his lips, now dust, never came to us an unkind word’.


  1. The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it.


  1. The truth shall make you free, but first it shall make you angry.


  1. The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.


  1. Reason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. Our government should be entirely and purely secular. The religious views of a candidate should be kept entirely out of sight.


  1. 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.


  1. To hate man and worship God seems to be the sum of all the creeds.


  1. Let us put theology out of religion. Theology has always sent the worst to heaven, the best to hell.


  1. Science has nothing in common with religion. Facts and miracles never did and never will agree.


  1. Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows.


  1. Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.


  1. 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.


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


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. And why does this same God tell me how to raise my children when he had to drown his


  1. 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.


  1. Until every soul is freely permitted to investigate every book and creed and dogma for itself, the world cannot be free.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. It is an old habit with theologians to beat the living with the bones of the dead.


  1. 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.


  1. Superstition is the child of ignorance and fear.


  1. 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.


  1. Justice should remove the bandage from her eyes long enough to distinguish between the vicious and the unfortunate.


  1. Freedom believes in education – the salvation of slavery is ignorance.


  1. Blasphemy is an epithet bestowed by superstition upon common sense.


  1. I want to see a good miracle. I want to see a man with one leg, and then I want to see the other leg grow out.


  1. 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!

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