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My favorite time in the cycles of public life is the time when the Pope is dead and they haven't elected a new one. There's no one in the world who is infallible for those weeks. And you know, I don't miss it.


Christopher Hitchens

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To describe this film as a piece of crap would be to run the risk of a discourse that would never ag...
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A speech idiosyncrasy, in the same way as an air quote, is really justifiable only if it's emplo...
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In the early days of the December that my father was to die, my younger brother brought me the news ...
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The secular argument, or the liberal argument, is to as much as possible remove taboos so things do ...
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He was so much the picture of different kinds of assimilation that it was almost a case of multiple ...
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My quarrel with Chomsky goes back to the Balkan wars of the 1990s, where he more or less openly repr...
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There is a tendency on the left, to think if someone in any way disagrees with the left it must be f...
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In which case, why not cancer of the brain? As a terrified, half-aware imbecile, I might even scream...
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As the many male victims of rape in the regime's disgusting jails can testify, this state-run pathol...
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I would rather be held in contempt than support such a scandalous outcome. I won't testify if it's j...
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Islam makes very large claims for itself. In its art, there is a prejudice against representing the ...
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The worst days are when you feel foggy in the head - chemo-brain they call it. It's awful becaus...
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Terrorism is the tactic of demanding the impossible, and demanding it at gunpoint.
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I want to give just a slight indication of the influence the book has had. I knew that CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS One has children in the expectation of dying before them. In fact, you want to make damn sure you di...
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Though he never actually joined it, he was close to some civilian elements of the Democratic Front f...
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Every November of my boyhood, we put on red poppies and attended highly patriotic services in rememb...
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The great thing about the United States and the historically magnetic effect it has had on a lot of ...
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[Said during a debate when his opponent asserted that atheism and belief in evolution lead to Naz...
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[R]eligion was the race's first (and worst) attempt to make sense of reality. It was the best the sp...
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The search for Nirvana, like the search for Utopia or the end of history or the classless society, i...
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One of the questions asked by al-Balkhi, and often repeated to this day, is this: Why do the childre...
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Remaining for a moment with the question of legality and illegality: United Nations Security Council...
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I don't think it's possible to have a sense of tragedy without having a sense of humor.
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Beautiful sentences pop into my head. Beautiful sentences that aren't always absolutely accurate...
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Teasing is very often a sign of inner misery.
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In the brute physical world, and the one encompassed by medicine, there are all too many things that...
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I'm terrified of losing my voice.
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I wanted to write.
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I worked out early on to give up things I couldn't do well at all.
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To be in opposition is not to be a nihilist.
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The essence of tyranny is not iron law. It is capricious law.
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What word or expression do you most overuse? Re-reading a collection of my stuff, I was rathe...
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Stuck in my own trap of writing about a nonsubject, I think I can defend my own self-respect, and al...
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You should be nicer to him,' a schoolmate had once said to me of some awfully ill-favored boy. 'He h...
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Alcohol makes other people less tedious, and food less bland, and can help provide what the Greeks c...
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One notorious apikoros named Hiwa al-Balkhi, writing in ninth-century Persia, offered two hun...
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What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and supers...
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The fragility of love is what is most at stake here—humanity's most crucial three-word avowal is o...
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On page 607, alluding to the end of my first marriage (and carefully remembering to state that that'...
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Ronald Reagan used to alarm his Soviet counterparts by saying that surely they'd both unite agai...
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Even if I accepted that Jesus - like almost every other prophet on record - was born of a virgin, I ...
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There's a big difference, as I'm sure you know, it's a slightly manneristic one, between...
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Even if it were possible to cast my horoscope in this one life, and to make an accurate prediction a...
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[T]he very multiculturalism and multiethnicity that brought Salman to the West, and that also made u...
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It's true that obscenity is a matter of taste and in the eye of the beholder.
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Pakistan has to export a lot of uneducated people, many of whom have become infected with the most b...
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What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.
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There are all kinds of stupid people that annoy me but what annoys me most is a lazy argument.
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In one way, I suppose, I have been 'in denial' for some time, knowingly burning the candle a...
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Every now and then I will see a word as if for the first time, and suddenly appreciate that Evian is...
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Religion is part of the human make-up. It's also part of our cultural and intellectual history. ...
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If you look at any Muslim society and you make a scale of how developed they are, and how successful...
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There was a time in my life when I did a fair bit of work for the tempestuous Lucretia Stewart, then...
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[I]f you think that American imperialism and its globalised, capitalist form is the most dangerous t...
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Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, historians have become both more accurate and more honest...
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The man who prays is the one who thinks that god has arranged matters all wrong, but who also thinks...
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