30 Thought-Provoking Robert Ingersoll Quotes


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Born August 11 1833, Robert Ingersoll was a humanist, American politician and lawyer. However, he was best known as “The Great Agnostic”. He was a popular critic of the Bible. He continuously challenged the people of his time to be more critical and to think harder about religious ideas.

During the Civil War, Robert Ingersoll served as a colonel in the Union Army. For this reason, his ashes were buried in the Arlington National Cemetery. And to honor his memory and works, a statue of him was erected in Peoria, Illinois while a museum about his life was opened in his birthplace in Lake Seneca in Dresden, New York.

Want to know why this man was so popular? Check out some of his best quotes.

Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.

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

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

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Happiness is not a reward – it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment – it is a result.

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

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

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In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.

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Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.

Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.

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In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.

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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.

Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

A great man is a torch in the darkness, a beacon in superstition’s night, an inspiration and a prophecy.

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The great man who gives a true transcript of his mind fascinates and instructs. Most writers suppress individuality. They wish to please the public.

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.

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The way to be happy is to make others so.

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

Let us agree not to step on each other’s feet.

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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.

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

Happiness is the legal-tender of the soul. Joy is wealth.

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The time to be happy is now, and the place to be happy is here.

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Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.

Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows.

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

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Courage without conscience is a wild beast.

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He who does not want does not act.

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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.

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