Friday, 16 December 2011

Never be a spectator

"I burned the candle at both ends and it often gave a lovely light."

"The one unforgivable sin is to be boring."

RIP the intellectual genius that was Christopher Hitchens, polemicist, atheist and iconoclast. A hero of mine.

Obituary in The Guardian

"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."

"Religion is man-made. Even the men who made it cannot agree on what their prophets or redeemers or gurus actually said or did...To terrify children with the image of Hell, to consider women an inferior creation - is that good for the world?"

More of the wonderful wit and wisdom of Mr Hitchens

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