Quotes by Robert Green Ingersoll


The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
– 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
An honest God is the noblest work of man.
– Robert Green Ingersoll
Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. In the examination of a great and important question, everyone should be serene, slow-pulsed and calm.
– Robert Green Ingersoll
Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.
– Robert Green Ingersoll
Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
– Robert Green Ingersoll
Every man is dishonest who lives upon the labor of others, no matter if he occupies a throne.
– 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
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
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
Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.
– Robert Green Ingersoll
Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.
– Robert Green Ingersoll
I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.
– 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
I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not.
– 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
If I owe Smith ten dollars and God forgives me, that doesn't pay Smith.
– Robert Green Ingersoll
In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.
– 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