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Robert Green Ingersoll
1833 - 1899

One of the original American humanists, lawyer, briefly Attorney General of Illinois (1867-1869), flowery orator, popular philosopher, author of The Ghosts (1877)

Give me the storm and tempest of thought and action, rather than the dead calm of ignorance and faith.

1872 - from The Gods
Hands that help are better than lips that pray.

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.

1877 - from The Ghosts