Christopher Hitchens Quotes

British-American author and journalist.

Primate and elephant and even pig societies show considerable evidence of care for others, parent-child bonding, solidarity in the face of danger, and so on.
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Terrorism is the tactic of demanding the impossible, and demanding it at gunpoint.
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Well, we can’t say any more than we can say there is no god, there is no afterlife. We can only say there is no persuasive evidence for or argument for it.
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Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. The grave will supply plenty of time for silence.
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The struggle for a free intelligence has always been a struggle between the ironic and the literal mind.
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Religion is part of the human make-up. It’s also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health care, believing in faith healing, our first attempt at philosophy.
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My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line.
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Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely soley 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.
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I have been called arrogant myself in my time, and hope to earn the title again, but to claim that I am privy to the secrets of the universe and its creator – that’s beyond my conceit.
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Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.
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To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation – is that good for the world?
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We keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality. On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish and perhaps above all, more stupid.
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That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.
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Since it is obviously inconceivable that all religions can be right, the most reasonable conclusion is that they are all wrong.
– Christopher Hitchens

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What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition.
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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.
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Time spent arguing is, oddly enough, almost never wasted.
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What do you most value in your friends?
Their continued existence.
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Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.
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