Robert Green Ingersoll

Colonel Robert Green Ingersoll (August 11, 1833 - July 21, 1899) was a Civil War veteran, American political leader, and orator during the Golden Age of Freethought, noted for his broad range of culture and his defense of agnosticism

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Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.
Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.
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.
Happiness is not a reward-it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment-it is a result.
Hope, deceitful as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.
I am inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot. Men are not superior by reason of the accidents of race or color. They are superior who have the best heart--the best brain.
I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not.
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.
In nature there are neither rewards not punishments--there are consequences.
Intellectual liberty is the air of the soul, the sunshine of the mind, and without it, the world is a prison, the universe a dungeon.
It is a blessed thing that in every age someone has had the individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions.
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
The present is the necessary product of all the past, the necessary cause of all the future.
The triumph of justice is the only peace.

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