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    Christopher Hitchens
    “Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”
    Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

  • #2
    Christopher Hitchens
    “I suppose that one reason I have always detested religion is its sly tendency to insinuate the idea that the universe is designed with 'you' in mind or, even worse, that there is a divine plan into which one fits whether one knows it or not. This kind of modesty is too arrogant for me.”
    Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

  • #3
    Christopher Hitchens
    “[E]xceptional claims demand exceptional evidence.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #4
    Christopher Hitchens
    “My own view is that this planet is used as a penal colony, lunatic asylum and dumping ground by a superior civilization, to get rid of the undesirable and unfit. I can't prove it, but you can't disprove it either.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #5
    Christopher Hitchens
    “As the cleansing ocean closes over bin Laden's carcass, may the earth lie lightly on the countless graves of those he sentenced without compunction to be burned alive or dismembered in the street.”
    Christopher Hitchens, The Enemy

  • #6
    Christopher Hitchens
    “What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #7
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #8
    Christopher Hitchens
    “The gods that we've made are exactly the gods you'd expect to be made by a species that's about half a chromosome away from being chimpanzee.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #9
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Take the risk of thinking for yourself , much more happiness , truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way ..”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #10
    Christopher Hitchens
    What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition.”
    Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

  • #11
    Christopher Hitchens
    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him will believeth in anything. - Hitchens 3:16”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #12
    Christopher Hitchens
    “The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.”
    Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian

  • #13
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children: organized religion ought to have a great deal on its conscience.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #14
    Christopher Hitchens
    “I have met some highly intelligent believers, but history has no record to say that [s]he knew or understood the mind of god. Yet this is precisely the qualification which the godly must claim—so modestly and so humbly—to possess. It is time to withdraw our 'respect' from such fantastic claims, all of them aimed at the exertion of power over other humans in the real and material world.”
    Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

  • #15
    Christopher Hitchens
    “What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #16
    Christopher Hitchens
    “I try to deny myself any illusions or delusions, and I think that this perhaps entitles me to try and deny the same to others, at least as long as they refuse to keep their fantasies to themselves.”
    Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

  • #17
    Christopher Hitchens
    “If you gave [Jerry] Falwell an enema he could be buried in a matchbox.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #18
    Christopher Hitchens
    “We owe a huge debt to Galileo for emancipating us all from the stupid belief in an Earth-centered or man-centered (let alone God-centered) system. He quite literally taught us our place and allowed us to go on to make extraordinary advances in knowledge.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #19
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Alcohol makes other people less tedious, and food less bland, and can help provide what the Greeks called entheos, or the slight buzz of inspiration when reading or writing. The only worthwhile miracle in the New Testament—the transmutation of water into wine during the wedding at Cana—is a tribute to the persistence of Hellenism in an otherwise austere Judaea. The same applies to the seder at Passover, which is obviously modeled on the Platonic symposium: questions are asked (especially of the young) while wine is circulated. No better form of sodality has ever been devised: at Oxford one was positively expected to take wine during tutorials. The tongue must be untied. It's not a coincidence that Omar Khayyam, rebuking and ridiculing the stone-faced Iranian mullahs of his time, pointed to the value of the grape as a mockery of their joyless and sterile regime. Visiting today's Iran, I was delighted to find that citizens made a point of defying the clerical ban on booze, keeping it in their homes for visitors even if they didn't particularly take to it themselves, and bootlegging it with great brio and ingenuity. These small revolutions affirm the human.”
    Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

  • #20
    Christopher Hitchens
    “And here is the point, about myself and my co-thinkers. Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #21
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Those of us who write and study history are accustomed to its approximations and ambiguities. This is why we do not take literally the tenth-hand reports of frightened and illiterate peasants who claim to have seen miracles or to have had encounters with messiahs and prophets and redeemers who were, like them, mere humans. And this is also why we will never submit to dictation from those who display a fanatical belief in certainty and revelation.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #22
    Christopher Hitchens
    “God did not create man in his own image. Evidently, it was quite the other way about, which is the painless explanation for the profusion of gods and religions, and the fratricide both between and among faiths, that we see all about us and that has so retarded the development of civilization.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #23
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Here is the point about myself and my co-thinkers. Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith.
    We do not hold our convictions dogmatically. We believe with certainty that an ethical life can be lived without religion. And we know for a fact that the corollary holds true - that religion has caused innumerate people not just to conduct themselves no better than others, but to award themselves permission to behave in ways that would make a brothel-keeper or an ethnic cleanser raise an eyebrow.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #24
    Christopher Hitchens
    “I was abruptly recognized as nonthreatening, brusquely advised to fuck off, and off I duly and promptly fucked.”
    Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

  • #25
    Albert Einstein
    “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.

    —"Old Man's Advice to Youth: 'Never Lose a Holy Curiosity.'" LIFE Magazine (2 May 1955) p. 64”
    Albert Einstein

  • #26
    Albert Einstein
    “A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #27
    Stephen Fry
    “You are who you are when nobody's watching.”
    Stephen Fry

  • #28
    Stephen Fry
    “It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so fucking what."

    [I saw hate in a graveyard -- Stephen Fry, The Guardian, 5 June 2005]”
    Stephen Fry

  • #29
    Stephen Fry
    “None of this is important in itself, but I feel somewhere that it has a lot to do with why I have always felt separate, why I have always felt unable to join in, to let go, to become part of the tribe, why I have always sniped or joked from the sidelines, why I have never, ever, lost my overwhelmingly self-conscious self-consciousness.

    It's not all that bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing - they are not all bad. Those devils have also been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me.”
    Stephen Fry, Moab Is My Washpot

  • #30
    Stephen Fry
    “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will always hurt me.”
    Stephen Fry, Moab Is My Washpot



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