Quotes by Robert Green Ingersoll (Lawyer/American).

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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.
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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.
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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.
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The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it.
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It always has been and forever will be impossible for slavery or any kind or form of injustice to produce a great poet.
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It is what people do not know that they persecute each other about.
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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.
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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.'
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.
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Liberty is the breath of progress.
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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.
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Few rich men own their property; their property owns them.
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The truth is that all great men have had great mothers. Great women have had, as a rule, great fathers.
• Robert Green Ingersoll
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Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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We need men with moral courage to speak and write their real thoughts, and to stand by their convictions, even to the very death.
• Robert Green Ingersoll

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