The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
Robert Ingersoll (1833 - 1899)
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
Justice is the only worship. Love is the only priest. Ignorance is the only slavery. 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.
I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot. Men are not superior by the accidents of race or color. They are superior who have the best heart - the best brain.
Commerce is the great civilizer. We exchange ideas when we exchange fabrics.
It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.
In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments - there are consequences.
Source: Lectures & Essays, 1896
Every flower about a house certifies to the refinement of somebody. Every vine climbing and blossoming tells of love and joy.
Happiness is not a reward - it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment - it is a result.
There is no slavery but ignorance.
Source: The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child, 1877
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