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Quotes by Christopher Hitchens on love, death, religion, god, literature and writing.

99 Inspirational Quotes By Christopher Hitchens That Everyone Can Agree On

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Famous As: Author

Born On: April 13, 1949

Died On: December 15, 2011

Born In: Portsmouth

Died At Age: 62

Christopher Hitchens was a revered columnist and author who penned the books 'God Is Not Great', "Hitch 22" and 'Mortality'. Recounting their first ever meeting his long-time friend Neal Pollack says, "University, as you know, is the only time in one’s life when anything really worthwhile happens. I met Hitch there. The first time I saw him, he had a bird on each arm and a woman by his side. She beamed as he read aloud passages from “Homage to Catalonia.” He looked up.

“Who the hell are you?” he said.
“I’m your housemate,” I said.
“Are you in favor of the war in Vietnam?”
“Of course not.”

Hitch put down the book and took a swig of cheap Scotch.

“Good,” he said. “Because I refuse to fraternize with men who are afraid to be intellectual heroes.”

Recounting another incident where Hitchens behaved in his trademark style when enraged, Pollack says, "He took ideas so seriously that if he disagreed with you on a matter that he deemed important, he’d literally throw you in a ditch. It was 1972, the height of our mutual virility. He and I went to a pub to celebrate his most recent intellectual victory over the establishment press. I intimated that sometimes women could be funny on purpose. Even back then, the thought enraged him. Hitchens threw a drink in my face, pressed a lit cigarette into my neck, and hit me over the head with a barstool. The next thing I knew, it was two days later and I was lying hogtied and naked beside the M5. Hitch had already severely damaged my reputation in a vicious essay in the Guardian. But that’s how he operated, and that’s why we loved him."

Here is a collection of inspirational quotes by Christopher Hitchens.

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That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.

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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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Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay.

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Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.

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The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.

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What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition.

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What do you most value in your friends? Their continued existence.

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[E]xceptional claims demand exceptional evidence.

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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

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The governor of Texas, who, when asked if the Bible should also be taught in Spanish, replied that ‘if English was good enough for Jesus, then it’s good enough for me’.

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How dismal it is to see present day Americans yearning for the very orthodoxy that their country was founded to escape.

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What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.

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To 'choose' dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid.

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To the dumb question "Why me?" the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply: why not?

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The man who prays is the one who thinks that god has arranged matters all wrong, but who also thinks that he can instruct god how to put them right.

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Literature, not scripture, sustains the mind and—since there is no other metaphor—also the soul.

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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.

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The noble title of "dissident" must be earned rather than claimed; it connotes sacrifice and risk rather than mere disagreement.

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I have always found it quaint and rather touching that there is a movement [Libertarians] in the US that thinks Americans are not yet selfish enough.

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I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information.

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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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If you gave [Jerry] Falwell an enema he could be buried in a matchbox.

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Everything about Christianity is contained in the pathetic image of 'the flock.

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Time spent arguing is, oddly enough, almost never wasted.

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[P]erhaps you notice how the denial is so often the preface to the justification.

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Why do humans exist? A major part of the answer: because Pikaia Gracilens survived the Burgess decimation.

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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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Nothing optional -- from homosexuality to adultery -- is ever made punishable unless those who do the prohibiting (and exact the fierce punishment) have a repressed desire to participate.

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There can be no progress without head-on confrontation.

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She's got no charisma of any kind [but] I can imagine her being mildly useful to a low-rank porn director.

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Your favorite virtue? An appreciation for irony.

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Philosophy begins where religion ends, just as by analogy chemistry begins where alchemy runs out, and astronomy takes the place of astrology.

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What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.

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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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The finest fury is the most controlled.

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Your least favorite virtue, or nominee for the most overrated one? Faith. Closely followed—in view of the overall shortage of time—by patience.

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Nothing proves the man-made character of religion as obviously as the sick mind that designed hell.

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What better way for a ruling class to claim and hold power than to pose as the defenders of the nation.

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Indeed, it's futile to try and use Holy Scripture to support any political position. I deeply distrust anyone who does. Just look at what an Islamic Republic is like.

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And the pleasures and rewards of the intellect are inseparable from angst, uncertainty, conflict and even despair.

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A rule of thumb with humor; if you worry that you might be going too far, you have already not gone far enough. If everybody laughs, you have failed.

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A life that partakes even a little of friendship, love, irony, humor, parenthood, literature, and music, and the chance to take part in battles for the liberation of others cannot be called 'meaningless'...

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I want to urge you very strongly to travel as much as you can, and to evolve yourself as an internationalist. It's as important a part of your education as a radical as the reading of any book.

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The four most over-rated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex, and picnics.

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The one thing that the racist can never manage is anything like discrimination: he is indiscriminate by definition.

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It's often a bad sign when people defend themselves against charges which haven't been made.

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Allow a friend to believe in a bogus prospectus or a false promise and you cease, after a short while, to be a friend at all.

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The Postmodernists' tyranny wears people down by boredom and semi-literate prose.

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How ya doin'?' I always think, What kind of a question is that?, and I always reply, 'A bit early to tell.

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When Maimonides says that the Messiah will come but that 'he may tarry,' we see the origin of every Jewish shrug from Spinoza to Woody Allen.

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Take the risk of thinking for yourself , much more happiness , truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way ..

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Your ideal authors ought to pull you from the foundering of your previous existence, not smilingly guide you into a friendly and peaceable harbor.

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I leave it to the faithful to burn each other's churches and mosques and synagogues, which they can be always relied upon to do

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If I convert it's because it's better that a believer dies than that an atheist does.

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For me, to remember friendship is to recall those conversations that it seemed a sin to break off: the ones that made the sacrifice of the following day a trivial one.

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The most educated person in the world now has to admit-- I shall not say confess-- that he or she knows less and less but at least knows less and less about more and more.

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It's probably a merciful thing that pain is impossible to describe from memory

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What is your idea of earthly happiness? To be vindicated in my own lifetime.

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It's [Los Angeles] mostly full of nonsense and delusion and egomania. They think they'll be young and beautiful forever, even though most of them aren't even young and beautiful now.

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I'm very depressed how in this country you can be told "That's offensive" as though those two words constitute an argument.

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There is some relationship between the hunger for truth and the search for the right words. This struggle may be ultimately indefinable and even undecidable, but one damn well knows it when one sees it.

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Cheap booze is a false economy.

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Everything everyone thinks they know about [Mother Teresa] is false. It must be the single most successful emotional con job of the twentieth century.

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We live only a few conscious decades, and we fret ourselves enough for several lifetimes.

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Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence

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It is interesting to find that people of faith now seek defensively to say that they are no worse than fascists or Nazis or Stalinists

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Nonintervention does not mean that nothing happens. It means that something else happens.

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The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species.

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Where would you like to live? In a state of conflict or a conflicted state.

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When people have tried everything and have discovered that nothing works, they will tend to revert to what they know best—which will often be the tribe, the totem, or the taboo.

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Those of us who are most genuinely repelled by war and violence are also those who are most likely to decide that some things, after all, are worth fighting for.

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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.

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You have to choose your future regrets.

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As the many male victims of rape in the regime's disgusting jails can testify, this state-run pathology of sexual repression and sexual sadism is not content to degrade women only.

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You can't have occupation and human rights.

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People know when they are being lied to, they know when their rulers are absurd, they know they do not love their chains.

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An individual deficient in the sense of humor represents more of a challenge to our idea of the human than a person of subnormal intelligence

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A melancholy lesson of advancing years is the realisation that you can't make old friends.

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Forget it. Never explain; never apologize. You can either write posthumously or you can't.

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Flaubert was right when he said that our use of language is like a cracked kettle on which we bang out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we need to move the very stars to pity.

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The only real radicalism in our time will come as it always has—from people who insist on thinking for themselves and who reject party-mindedness.

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A point, like a joke, is a terrible thing to miss.

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In our time, the symbol of state intrusion into the private life is the mandatory urine test.

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The essential principle of totalitarianism is to make laws that are impossible to obey.

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Terrorism works better as a tactic for dictatorships, or for would-be dictators, than for revolutionaries.

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How is the United States at once the most conservative and commercial AND the most revolutionary society on Earth?

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Teasing is very often a sign of inner misery.

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Evolution is, as well as smarter than we are, infinitely more callous and cruel, and also capricious.

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I'm very happy by myself--I'm lucky in that way--if I've got enough to read and something to write about and a bit of alcohol for me to add an edge, not to dull it.

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To remember friendship is to recall those conversations that it seemed a sin to break off

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A sure sign of ineptitude and malice is manifested when one's attacker is willing to cover himself with mud in order to try and make some of it adhere to his target.

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Until you have done something for humanity,” wrote the great American educator Horace Mann, “you should be ashamed to die.

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In the very recent past, we have seen the Church of Rome befouled by its complicity with the unpardonable sin of child rape, or, as it might be phrased in Latin form, "no child's behind left.

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The people who must never have power are the humorless. To impossible certainties of rectitude they ally tedium and uniformity.

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Never ask while you are doing it if what you are doing is fun. Don't introduce even your most reliably witty acquaintance as someone who will set the table on a roar.

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The one unforgivable sin is to be boring

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The essence of tyranny is not iron law. It is capricious law.

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Today I want to puke when I hear the word 'radical' applied so slothfully and stupidly to Islamist murderers; the most plainly reactionary people in the world.

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Beware what you wish for, unless you have the grace to hope that your luck can be shared.

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