Quotes by Robert Green Ingersoll

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Colonel Robert Green Ingersoll (August 11, 1833 July 21, 1899) was an American political leader and orator, noted for his broad range of culture and his defense of agnosticism. He was prominent during the Golden Age of ...

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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.

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.
Happiness is not a reward -- it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment -- it is a result.
Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.
Love is the magician, the enchanter, that changes worthless things to joy, and makes right royal kings and queens of common clay. It is the perfume of that wondrous flower, the heart, and without that sacred passion, that divine swoon, we are less than beasts; but with it, earth is heaven, and we are gods.
I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not.
Reason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science.
Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. In the examination of a great and important question, everyone should be serene, slow-pulsed and calm.
Love is the only bow of life's dark cloud. It is the Morning and Evening Star. It shines upon the cradle of the babe, and sheds its radiance upon the quiet tomb. It is the Mother of Art, inspirer of poet, patriot, and philosopher. It is the air and light of every heart, builder of every home, kinder of every fire on every hearth, It was the first dream of immortality. It fills the world with melody. Love is the magician, the enchanter, that changes worthless things to joy, and makes right royal kings of common clay.
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.
Justice should remove the bandage from her eyes long enough to distinguish between the vicious and the unfortunate.
When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death -- that is heroism.
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.
In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are only consequences.
Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.
He stands erect by bending over the fallen. He rises by lifting others.
Let us put theology out of religion. Theology has always sent the worst to heaven, the best to hell.
In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
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.
I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.
The more liberty you give away the more you will have.
Every man is dishonest who lives upon the labor of others, no matter if he occupies a throne.
Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.
If I owe Smith ten dollars and God forgives me, that doesn't pay Smith.
Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
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...
The destroyer of weeds, thistles, and thorns is a benefactor whether he soweth grain or not.