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

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

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.

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.

Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.

Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.

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

Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.

Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.

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. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.

In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.

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

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

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

In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action. ---->>>

The more liberty you give away the more you will have.

The more liberty you give away the more you will have.

Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.

Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.

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

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

When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death - that is heroism.

When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death - that is heroism.

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 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.

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. ---->>>

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

Insolence is not logic; epithets are the arguments of malice. ---->>>

My creed is that: Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so.

My creed is that: Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so.

Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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 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.

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous. ---->>>

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

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 blessed thing that in every age some one has had the individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions.

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

If I owe Smith ten dollars and God forgives me, that doesn't pay Smith.

If I owe Smith ten dollars and God forgives me, that doesn't pay Smith.

Every man is dishonest who lives upon the labor of others, no matter if he occupies a throne. ---->>>

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

There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven. ---->>>

I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not.

I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not.

Courage without conscience is a wild beast.

Courage without conscience is a wild beast.

Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed. ---->>>

Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows. ---->>>

The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

We need men with moral courage to speak and write their real thoughts, and to stand by their convictions, even to the very death. ---->>>

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

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

There is no slavery but ignorance. ---->>>

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

An honest God is the noblest work of man. ---->>>

Few rich men own their property; their property owns them. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: August 11, 1833
Birthplace:
Die: July 21, 1899
Occupation: Lawyer
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Robert Green "Bob" Ingersoll (August 11, 1833 – July 21, 1899) was an American lawyer, a Civil War veteran, political leader, and orator of the United States during the Golden Age of Free Thought, noted for his broad range of culture and his defense of agnosticism. He was nicknamed "The Great Agnostic" (wikipedia)