Robert G. 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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Happiness is not a reward - it is a consequence.
Suffering is not a punishment - it is a result.
The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.
Any doctrine that will not bear investigation is not a fit tenant for the mind of an honest man.
Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
Give to every other 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 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.
He stands erect by bending over the fallen. He rises by lifting others.
In nature there are neither rewards nor punishment - there are consequences.
In the republic of mediocrity genius is dangerous.
It is an old habit with theologians to beat the living with the bones of the dead.
Justice should remove the bandage from her eyes long enough to distinguish between the vicious and the unfortunate.
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.
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.
There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences.
There is no slavery but ignorance.
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.
When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death -- that is heroism.

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