Christopher Hitchens Top 10 Quotes


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)


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)


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

Christopher Hitchens (The Lord and the Intellectuals, 1982)


Many religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands, like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar. They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift, competing as they do in a marketplace. But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse.

Christopher Hitchens


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)


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

Christopher Hitchens (Interview)


Exceptional claims demand exceptional evidence.

Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great, 2007)


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

Christopher Hitchens (Slate, 2003)


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)


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

Christopher Hitchens (Closing Remark in a Debate, 2010)

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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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