August 11, 2012 - Ingersoll Day

Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.”

So said Robert Green Ingersoll, who was born on this date in 1833. Ingersoll worked to end slavery and argued in favor of equal rights for women and minorities.

Happiness is not a reward - it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment - it is a result.”
Ingersoll believed in a natural world (not a supernatural one), and he was the most successful orator in nineteenth century America.

Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.”

Whoa! I think this is a very interesting quote—but I'm going to have to really think about this one! 

Today's a great day to celebrate Ingersoll, read his words, and contemplate his ideas!

Check out this Kids Net article about Ingersoll. 

Mark Twain and Thomas Edison both admired Ingersoll. Twain (Samuel Clemons) said after he heard Ingersoll speak, “I doubt if America has ever seen anything quite equal it. I am well satisfied that I shall not live to see its equal again. How pale those speeches are in print, but how radiant, how full of colors, how blinding they were in the delivery!” Edison recorded onto phonograph records at least three short bits of speeches by Ingersoll. (RCA claimed that the Ingersoll cylinders were the oldest recordings in their historic vault.)

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