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Remembering Hitch
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Published Saturday, December 15, 2012 @ 12:47 PM EST
Dec 15 2012

Christopher Hitchens died a year ago today. We remembered him here.


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Quote of the day
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Published Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 12:08 AM EDT
Sep 14 2012

I like to remind people the choice the American electorate had in 1796 for candidates for President. You could choose between the chairman of the American Society of Arts and Letters and the founding president of the American Academy of Sciences. There's been a bit of a decline in the standards of candidacy since then.
-Christopher Hitchens


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Observation of the day
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Published Friday, July 20, 2012 @ 7:24 AM EDT
Jul 20 2012


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Observation of the day
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Published Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 10:49 AM EDT
Jun 27 2012

Nora Ephron died. Christopher Hitchens is about to find out just how f*****g funny women really are.
-Denis Leary


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The fact is, we are a mammalian species one half-chromosome away from chimpanzees, and it shows.
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Published Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Apr 13 2012

Christopher Hitchens (April 13, 1949 – December 15, 2011):

A melancholy lesson of advancing years is the realization that you can't make old friends.

A theory that seems to explain everything is just as good at explaining nothing.

Atheism is a necessary condition for emancipation of the mind, but it's not a sufficient one.

Beware the irrational, however seductive.

Ernest Hemingway used to read his obituaries with a bloody Mary every day to start the day, to ward off depression. It worked for ten years... until he put the shotgun in his face.

Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay.

Evolution has meant that our prefrontal lobes are too small, our adrenal glands are too big, and our reproductive organs apparently designed by committee; a recipe which, alone or in combination, is very certain to lead to some unhappiness and disorder.

Faith is the surrender of the mind; it's the surrender of reason, it's the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammals. It's our need to believe, and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. Of all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated.

Handed a small baby for the first time, is it your first reaction to think: “Beautiful. Almost perfect. Now please hand me the sharp stone for its genitalia, that I may do the work of the Lord.”

Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.

I always thought, in the death matter, an exception would be made in my case.

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

I shall simply say that those who offer false consolation are false friends.

I sympathize afresh with the mighty Voltaire, who, when badgered on his deathbed and urged to renounce the devil, murmured that this was no time to be making enemies.

I think &lsqbthe Bible&rsqb reads as if it were written by men and women, and men and women, as we know, are one-half chromosome away from chimpanzees.

I've been nearly scratched by Mother Teresa. I've been nearly spanked by Margaret Thatcher. I could tell you stories...

If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in a quite different world.

In whatever kind of a “race” life may be, I have very abruptly become a finalist.

It is not enough to “have” free speech. People must learn to speak freely.

Mother Teresa was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.

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.

My political life has been informed by the view that if there was any truth to religion there wouldn't really be any need for politics.

One of the beginnings of human emancipation is the ability to laugh at authority.

Principles have a way of enduring, as do the few irreducible individuals who maintain allegiance to them.

Religion ends and philosophy begins, just as alchemy ends and chemistry begins and astrology ends, and astronomy begins.

Terrorism is the tactic of demanding the impossible, and demanding it at gunpoint.

The fact is, we are a mammalian species one half-chromosome away from chimpanzees, and it shows.

The four most over-rated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics.

The only real radicalism in our time will come as it always has, from people who insist on thinking for themselves and who reject party-mindedness.

The place for religion is in the mind, within the individual.

Time spent arguing with the faithful is, oddly enough, almost never wasted.

To the dumb question “Why me?” the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply: “Why not?”

What can be asserted without evidence, can also be dismissed without evidence.

More Hitch: A Hitchens distillation...


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A Hitchens Distillation
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Published Saturday, December 17, 2011 @ 12:24 AM EST
Dec 17 2011

Two YouTube videos that provide a concentrated distillation of Hitchens' position on religion. Strong language, strong opinions, blinding lucidity.


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Hitch
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Published Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 8:26 AM EST
Dec 16 2011

“I always thought, in the death matter, an exception would be made in my case.”-Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens (April 13, 1949 – December 15, 2011) could simultaneously enrage and enlighten, irritate and inform. You have to admire someone who would take on Nietzsche while awaiting the arrival of the final darkness.

Some of Hitchens' contributions and observations...

A melancholy lesson of advancing years is the realization that you can't make old friends.

A theory that seems to explain everything is just as good at explaining nothing.

Beware the irrational, however seductive.

Ernest Hemingway used to read his obituaries with a bloody Mary every day to start the day, to ward off depression. It worked for ten years... until he put the shotgun in his face.

Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay.

Handed a small baby for the first time, is it your first reaction to think: “Beautiful. Almost perfect. Now please hand me the sharp stone for its genitalia, that I may do the work of the Lord.”

Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.

I think [the Bible] reads as if it were written by men and women, and men and women, as we know, are one-half chromosome away from chimpanzees.

I've been nearly scratched by Mother Teresa. I've been nearly spanked by Margaret Thatcher. I could tell you stories...

It is not enough to “have” free speech. People must learn to speak freely.

One of the beginnings of human emancipation is the ability to laugh at authority.

Our prefrontal lobes are too small while our adrenal glands are too big.

Religion ends and philosophy begins, just as alchemy ends and chemistry begins and astrology ends, and astronomy begins.

Terrorism is the tactic of demanding the impossible, and demanding it at gunpoint.

The four most over-rated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics.

The place for religion is in the mind, within the individual.

What can be asserted without evidence, can also be dismissed without evidence.


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Quote of the day
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Published Thursday, March 24, 2011 @ 6:43 PM EDT
Mar 24 2011

A melancholy lesson of advancing years is the realization that you can’t make old friends.
-Christopher Hitchens


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Quote of the day
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Published Sunday, November 28, 2010 @ 8:34 AM EST
Nov 28 2010

Handed a small baby for the first time, is it your first reaction to think: "Beautiful. Almost perfect. Now please hand me the sharp stone for its genitalia, that I may do the work of the Lord."
-Christopher Hitchens


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Quote of the day
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Published Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 4:21 PM EDT
Aug 11 2010

In whatever kind of a "race" life may be, I have very abruptly become a finalist.
-Christopher Hitchens, in Vanity Fair


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Compelling
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Published Monday, August 09, 2010 @ 7:04 AM EDT
Aug 09 2010

Journalist, atheist, cancer victim: Christopher Hitchens on his diagnosis and treatment for esophogeal cancer:


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