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Quotes in 1879

Charles Darwin

To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.

Charles Darwin (Letter to Stephen Wilson, 1879)

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George Bernard Shaw

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

George Bernard Shaw (Immaturity, 1879)

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Great is the art of beginning, but greater the art is of ending.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Elegiac Verse, 1879)

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Robert Green Ingersoll

If the people were a little more ignorant, astrology would flourish - if a little more enlightened, religion would perish.

Robert Green Ingersoll (Some Mistakes of Moses, 1879)

A fact never went into partnership with a miracle. Truth scorns the assistance of wonders. A fact will fit every other fact in the universe, and that is how you can tell whether it is or is not a fact. A lie will not fit anything except another lie.

Robert Green Ingersoll (Some Mistakes of Moses, 1879)

I cannot see why we should expect an infinite God to do better in another world than he does in this.

Robert Green Ingersoll (Chicago Times, 1879)

All laws for the purpose of making man worship God, are born of the same spirit that kindled the fires of the auto-da-fe, and lovingly built the dungeons of the Inquisition.

Robert Green Ingersoll (Some Mistakes of Moses, 1879)

It is hard for many people to give up the religion in which they were born; to admit that their fathers were utterly mistaken, and that the sacred records of their country are but collections of myths and fables.

Robert Green Ingersoll (Some Mistakes of Moses, 1879)

They say the religion of your fathers is good enough. Why should a father object to your inventing a better plow than he had? They say to me, do you know more than all the theologians dead? Being a perfectly modest man I say I think I do. Now we have come to the conclusion that every man has a right to think. Would God give a bird wings and make it a crime to fly? Would he give me brains and make it a crime to think? Any God that would damn one of his children for the expression of his honest thought wouldn't make a decent thief. When I read a book and don't believe it, I ought to say so. I will do so and take the consequences like a man.

Robert Green Ingersoll (Speech at the Pittsburgh Opera House, 1879)

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