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Christopher Hitchens

April 13, 1949 - December 15, 2011 ·


He (W.) is unusually incurious, abnormally unintelligent, amazingly inarticulate, fantastically uncultured, extraordinarily uneducated, and apparently quite proud of all these things.

- Christopher Hitchens (2001) ·

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

- Christopher Hitchens (2001) ·

If I convert it's because it's better that a believer dies than that an atheist does.

- Christopher Hitchens (2012) ·

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 (2010) ·

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

- Christopher Hitchens (2010) ·

I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information.

- Christopher Hitchens (2004) ·

If I convert it's because it's better that a believer dies than that an atheist does.

- Christopher Hitchens (2012) ·

My chief consolation in this year of living dyingly has been the presence of friends.

- Christopher Hitchens (2012) ·

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 (2010) ·

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

- Christopher Hitchens (2010) ·

Emancipate yourself from the idea of a celestial dictatorship and you've taken the first step to becoming free.

- Christopher Hitchens (2009) ·

Beware the irrational, however seductive.

Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself.

Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others.

Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish.

Picture all experts as if they were mammals.

Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity.

Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence.

Suspect your own motives, and all excuses.

Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.

- Christopher Hitchens (2001) ·