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  • Heimdallr
    • May 2013
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    The Great Agnostic - Robert G. Ingersoll

    -- Humanity is the grand religion, and no God can put a man in hell in another world, who has made a little heaven in this.

    -- A good deed is the best prayer; a loving life is the best religion.

    -- I do believe in the religion of justice, of kindness. I believe in humanity. I do believe that usefulness is the highest possible form of worship. The useful man is the good man; the useful man is the real saint. I care nothing about supernatural myths and mysteries, but I do care for human beings.

    -- Every human being longs to be happy, to satisfy the wants of the body with food, with roof and raiment, and to feed the hunger of the mind, according to his capacity, with love, wisdom, philosophy, art and song.

    -- I have made up my mind that if there is a God, he will be merciful to the merciful. Upon that rock I stand.

    -- There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments — there are consequences. The life of Christ is worth its example, its moral force, its heroism of benevolence.

    -- Whoever has an opinion of his own, and honestly expresses it, will be guilty of heresy.

    -- The heretics have not thought and suffered and died in vain. Every heretic has been, and is, a ray of light.

    -- Standing in the presence of the Unknown, all have the same right to think, and all are equally interested in the great questions of origin and destiny. All I claim, all I plead for, is liberty of thought and expression. That is all.

    -- I had rather live and love where death is king, than have eternal life where love is not.

    -- I would not wish to live in a world where I could not express my honest opinions. Men who deny to others the right of speech are not fit to live with honest men.

    -- If there is one subject in this world worthy of being discussed, worthy of being understood, it is the question of intellectual liberty. Without that, we are simply painted clay; without that, we are poor, miserable serfs and slaves.

    -- I am a believer in liberty. That is my religion — to give to every other human being every right that I claim for myself, and I grant to every other human being, not the right — because it is his right — but instead of granting I declare that it is his right, to attack every doctrine that I maintain, to answer every argument that I may urge — in other words, he must have absolute freedom of speech.

    -- The most important thing in this world is liberty. More important than food or clothes — more important than gold or houses or lands — more important than art or science — more important than all religions, is the liberty of man.

    -- The liberty of man is of far more importance than any book; the rights of man, more sacred than any religion — than any Scriptures, whether inspired or not.

    -- What light is to the eyes, what love is to the heart, Liberty is to the soul of man. Without it, there come suffocation, degradation and death.

    Robert Green "Bob" Ingersoll
    (August 11, 1833 – July 21, 1899)

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