Hitchens Finally lost his battle with cancer yesterday,
His charm, his way with words and his brilliant contentiousness have all been well cataloged, but Christopher Hitchens’s key quality was his
ability to make common cause with the oppressed wherever he found them.
The Best of the Hitchslap
Some of his quotes
“What I used to say to people, when I was much more engagé myself, is that you can't be apolitical. It will come and get you. It's not that you
shouldn't be neutral. It's that you won't be able to stay neutral.”
“Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way.”
“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.”
“Thus, though I dislike to differ with such a great man, Voltaire was simply ludicrous when he said that if god did not exist it would be necessary
to invent him. The human invention of god is the problem to begin with.”
"The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate
massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals."
“Religion is man-made. Even the men who made it cannot agree on what their prophets or redeemers or gurus actually said or did.”
“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas
owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they
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