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Robert Green Ingersoll Quotes and Sayings

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It is a thousand times better to have common sense
without education than to have education without common sense.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

Related topics: Education

Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

 

Few rich men own their property; their property owns them.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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

Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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Insolence is not logic; epithets are the arguments of malice.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

There is no slavery but ignorance.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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

The more liberty you give away the more you will have.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

Reason, observation, and experience;
the holy trinity of science.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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

Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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

Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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

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

Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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

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

An honest God is the noblest work of man.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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

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.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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

Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance
of the gentleman who reads it.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments;
there are consequences.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
- Lao Tzu (Chinese Proverb)

To know God, watch a butterfly return to the same tree -
after a year and a thousand miles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you may count every drop of water in the ocean and
count every grain of sand in the sea -
multiply it by a thousand and that's how much I love you.
- George of Langkloof

Better than a thousand hollow words,
is one word that brings peace.
- The Buddha

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act
is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Do the difficult things while they are easy
and do the great things while they are small.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
- Lao Tzu

One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.
- Grace Hopper

It is better to conquer yourself
than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you,
not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
- The Buddha

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment
and the other by acts of love. Power based on love
is a thousand times more effective and permanent
then the one derived from fear of punishment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The easiest kind of friendship for me
is with ten thousand people.
The hardest is with one.
- Joan Baez

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.
- Euripides

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Drop guilt! - because to be guilty is to live in hell.
Not being guilty, you will have the freshness
of dewdrops in the early morning sun,
you will have the freshness of lotus petals in the lake,
you will have the freshness of the stars in the night.
Once guilt disappears you will have
a totally different kind of life, luminous and radiant.
You will have a dance to your feet
and your heart will be singing a thousand and one songs.
- Osho

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil
to one who is striking at the root.
- Henry David Thoreau

Faith is a living and unshakable confidence,
a belief in the grace of God so assured that
a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake.
- Martin Luther

I give you this one thought to keep -
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still in each new dawn.
- Traditional Native American Prayer

God has cared for these trees,
saved them from drought, disease, avalanches,
and a thousand tempests and floods.
But he cannot save them from fools.
- John Muir

I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes,
I had one thousand and sixty.
- Imelda Marcos

Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must
be taken one step at a time.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

There is a sacredness in tears.
They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.
They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.
They are messengers of overwhelming grief ...
and unspeakable love.
- Washington Irving

The one phrase you can use is that success has a thousand fathers,
and failure is an orphan.
- Alan Price

Though we may know Him by a thousand names,
He is one and the same to us all.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Victory has a thousand fathers,
but defeat is an orphan.
- John F. Kennedy

I try to give to the poor people for love
what the rich could get for money.
No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds;
yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
- Mother Teresa

Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry.
One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed.
These are fearful odds.
- Benjamin Disraeli


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