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

— Robert Green Ingersoll

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Secularism is a religion, a religion that is understood.

It has no mysteries, no mumblings, no priests, no ceremonies, no falsehoods, no miracles, and no persecutions.


Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.


Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.


The myth of hell represents all the meanness, all the revenge, all the selfishness, all the cruelty, all the hatred, all the infamy of which the heart of man is capable.


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


This crime called blasphemy was invented by priests for the purpose of defending doctrines not able to take care of themselves.


The hands that help are better far than lips that pray.


A believer is a bird in a cage, a freethinker is an eagle parting the clouds with tireless wing.


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 presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.


When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom. The walls of my prison crumbled and fell. The dungeon was flooded with light and all the bolts and bars and manacles became dust.


All I have to say is, Love one another - that is the height of all philosophy.

It is beyond all religions. It is the secret of joy - the fountain of Perpetual Youth - the only rainbow on life's dark cloud.


About Robert Green Ingersoll

Quotes 482 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Lawyer
Birthday August 11, 1833

We rise by lifting others.


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


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.


Blasphemy is an epithet bestowed by superstition upon common sense.


Blasphemy is what an old dogma screams at a new truth.


To destroy guide-boards that point in the wrong direction .

. . to drive the fiend of fear from the mind . . . is the task of the Freethinker.


A mule has neither pride of ancestry nor hope of posterity.


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


Every pulpit is a pillory, in which stands a hired culprit, defending the justice of his own imprisonment.


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.




The priests of one religion never credit the miracles of another religion.

Is this because priests instinctively know priests?


This, in my judgment, is the highest philosophy: First, do not regret having lost yesterday; second, do not fear that you will lose tomorrow; third, enjoy today.


The glory of science is, that it is freeing the soul, breaking the mental manacles, getting the brain out of bondage, giving courage to thought, filling the world with mercy, justice, and joy.


You cannot be so poor that you cannot help somebody.


Mental slavery is mental death, and every man who has given up his intellectual freedom is the living coffin of his dead soul.


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 few took advantage of the ignorant many.

They pretended to have received messages from the Unknown. They stood between the helpless multitude and the gods. They were the carriers of flags of truce. At the court of heaven they presented the cause of man, and upon the labor of the deceived they lived.


If I had my way I'd make health catching instead of disease.


Who can over estimate the progress of the world if all the money wasted in superstition could be used to enlighten, elevate and civilize mankind?


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


Arguments cannot be answered with insults.

. . . Kindness is strength. . . . Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. In the examination of a great and important question, every one should be serene, slow-pulsed, and calm.


Every flower about a house certifies to the refinement of somebody.

Every vine climbing and blossoming tells of love and joy


The church hates a thinker precisely for the same reason a robber dislikes a sheriff, or a thief despises the prosecuting witness.


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.


According to the celestial multiplication table, once one is three, and three times one is one, and according to heavenly subtraction if we take two from three, three are left. The addition is equally peculiar, if we add two to one we have but one. Each one is equal to himself and the other two.


Age after age, the strong have trampled upon the weak;

the crafty and heartless have ensnared and enslaved the simple and innocent, and nowhere, in all the annals of mankind, has any god succored the oppressed


An infinite God ought to be able to protect Himself, without going in partnership with State Legislatures.


Diderot took the ground that, if orthodox religion be true Christ was guilty of suicide. Having the power to defend himself he should have used it.


I believe in the religion of reason -- the gospel of this world;

in the development of the mind, in the accumulation of intellectual wealth, to the end that man may free himself from superstitious fear, to the end that he may take advantage of the forces of nature to feed and clothe the world.


If there is a God who will damn his children forever, I would rather go to hell than to go to heaven and keep the society of such an infamous tyrant.


God so loved the world that he made up his mind to damn a large majority of the human race.


So, ministers say that they teach charity.

This is natural. They live on alms. All beggars teach that others should give.


The record of a generous life runs like a vine around the memory of our dead, and every sweet unselfish act is now a perfumed flower.


The few have said, Think! The many have said, Believe! The first doubt was the womb and cradle of progress, and from the first doubt, man has continued to advance.


The credulity of the church is decreasing, and the most marvelous miracles are not either 'explained,' or allowed to take refuge behind the mistakes of the translators, or hide in the drapery of allegory.


Science built the Academy, superstition the Inquisition.