Christopher Hitchens Quotes

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

Christopher Hitchens (Letters to a Young Contrarian, 2001)

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

Christopher Hitchens (Slate, 2003)

Gullibility and credulity are considered undesirable qualities in every department of human life - except religion.

Christopher Hitchens (The Lord and the Intellectuals, 1982)

Atheists have always argued that this world is all that we have, and that our duty is to one another to make the very most and best of it.

Christopher Hitchens (The Portable Atheist, 2007)

There will always be rewards as well as punishments for people with the courage of their convictions.

Christopher Hitchens (Newsday, 1989)

Everyone has a book in them.. and in most cases that is where it should stay.

Christopher Hitchens

Exceptional claims demand exceptional evidence.

Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great, 2007)

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

Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great, 2007)

If Jesus could heal a blind person he happened to meet, then why not heal blindness?

Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great, 2007)

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

Christopher Hitchens (Hitch 22, 2010)

I can't hate anyone whose existence I don't really believe.

Christopher Hitchens (Fox News Channel, 2007)

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 (Debate in the University of Waterloo, 2011)

Mockery of religion is one of the most essential things... one of the beginnings of human emancipation is the ability to laugh at authority.

Christopher Hitchens (BBC Newsnight Special, 2010)

Why, if God was the creator of all things, were we supposed to "praise" him for what came naturally?

Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great, 2007)

I became a journalist partly so that I wouldn't ever have to rely on the press for my information.

Christopher Hitchens (Hitch 22, 2010)

I personally want to "do" death in the active and not the passive, and to be there to look it in the eye and be doing something when it comes for me.

Christopher Hitchens (Hitch 22, 2010)

Religion is man-made. Even the men who made it cannot agree on what their prophets or redeemers or gurus actually said or did.

Christopher Hitchens

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

Christopher Hitchens

Nothing concentrates the mind more than reading about oneself in the past tense.

Christopher Hitchens

Civility is overrated.

Christopher Hitchens (Debate with his brother Peter Hitchens, 2006)

If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in a quite different world.

Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great, 2007)

The four most overrated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics.

Christopher Hitchens (The New Yorker, 2006)

Heaven is a place of endless praise and adoration, limitless abnegation and abjection of self; a celestial North Korea.

Christopher Hitchens

Religion ends and philosophy begins, just as alchemy ends and chemistry begins and astrology ends, and astronomy begins.

Christopher Hitchens (Interview)

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

Christopher Hitchens (Hitch 22, 2010)

What kind of designer or creator only chooses to "reveal" himself to semistupefied peasents in desert regions?

Christopher Hitchens (The Portable Atheist, 2007)

The awful thing about growing older is that you begin to notice how every day consists of more and more subtracted from less and less.

Christopher Hitchens (Vanity Fair, 2008)

Being a writer is what I am, rather than what I do.

Christopher Hitchens

Glorious defeats often have a greater emotional effect than muddy victories.

Christopher Hitchens (Vanity Fair, 1999)

The death wish, or something nor unlike it, may be secretly present in all of us.

Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great, 2007)

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Christopher Hitchens Biography

Born: April 13, 1949
Died: December 15, 2011

Christopher Hitchens is an English-American Author and journalist. His various writings and journalistic career span more than 40 years. Today he is widely known for his militant atheism.

Notable Works

The Missionary Position (1995)
Letter to a Young Contrarian (2001)
Love, Poverty and War: Journeys and Essays (2004)
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (2007)
The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer (2007)
Hitch 22 (2010)

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