Christopher Hitchens quotes

Born
13 April 1949 Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.

Died
15 December 2011.

Occupation
Author.

Christopher Hitchens was an Anglo-American author, columnist, essayist, orator, religious and literary critic, social critic, and journalist. Hitchens was the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of over 30 books, including five collections of essays on culture, politics and literature.

High moral character is not a precondition for great moral accomplishments.
– Christopher Hitchens
Lovers often invest their first meetings with retrospective significance, as if to try to conjure the elements of the numinous out of the stubborn witness of the everyday.
– Christopher Hitchens
You can only have one aim per debate.
– Christopher Hitchens
Nothing could make me forget what the Reagan years had actually been like.
– Christopher Hitchens
I vote and I do jury duty.
– Christopher Hitchens
I became a journalist partly so that I wouldn’t ever have to rely on the press for my information.
– Christopher Hitchens
Terrorism is the tactic of demanding the impossible, and demanding it at gunpoint.
– Christopher Hitchens
My own view is that this planet is used as a penal colony, lunatic asylum and dumping ground by a superior civilisation, to get rid of the undesirable and unfit. I can’t prove it, but you can’t disprove it either.
– Christopher Hitchens
I think being an atheist is something you are, not something you do.
– Christopher Hitchens
I’ve proved to be as difficult to convert as I am to hypnotize.
– Christopher Hitchens
If you can talk, you can write.
– Christopher Hitchens
All the time, I’ve felt that life is a wager and that I probably was getting more out of leading a bohemian existence as a writer than I would have if I didn’t.
– Christopher Hitchens
Well, I’ll put it this way: you can certainly say belief in God makes people behave worse. That can be proved beyond a doubt.
– Christopher Hitchens
I’m crepuscular.
– Christopher Hitchens
I learned that very often the most intolerant and narrow-minded people are the ones who congratulate themselves on their tolerance and open-mindedness.
– Christopher Hitchens
When you hear people demanding that the Ten Commandments be displayed in courtrooms and schoolrooms, always be sure to ask which set. It works every time.
– Christopher Hitchens
The Islamists will try to spoil everything for everyone.
– Christopher Hitchens
The violence in the Bible is appalling.
– Christopher Hitchens
Millions of people die every day. Everyone’s got to go sometime.
– Christopher Hitchens
I’m not a conservative of any kind.
– Christopher Hitchens
Only the aspirants for president are fool enough to believe what they read in the newspapers.
– Christopher Hitchens
In one way, I suppose, I have been ‘in denial’ for some time, knowingly burning the candle at both ends and finding that it often gives a lovely light.
– Christopher Hitchens
There are all kinds of stupid people that annoy me but what annoys me most is a lazy argument.
– Christopher Hitchens
Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God.
– Christopher Hitchens
A good day is one where I can not just read a book, but write a review of it. Maybe today I’ll be able to do that. I get for some reason somewhat stronger when the sun starts to go down. Dusk is a good time for me. I’m crepuscular.
– Christopher Hitchens
The term ‘the American Left’ is as near to being meaningless or nonsensical as any term could really be in politics. It isn’t really a force in politics anymore. And it would do well to ask itself why that is.
– Christopher Hitchens
Of course, I do everything for money.
– Christopher Hitchens
Religion is compulsory in English schools, you know.
– Christopher Hitchens
I’ve had some dark nights of the soul, of course, but giving in to depression would be a sellout, a defeat.
– Christopher Hitchens
Religion is not going to come up with any new arguments.
– Christopher Hitchens
Trust is not the same as faith. A friend is someone you trust. Putting faith in anyone is a mistake.
– Christopher Hitchens
To be in opposition is not to be a nihilist.
– Christopher Hitchens
For most of my life I let women do the driving and was happy to let them.
– Christopher Hitchens
Pakistan has to export a lot of uneducated people, many of whom have become infected with the most barbaric reactionary ideas.
– Christopher Hitchens
When we talk about mortality, we are talking about our children.
– Christopher Hitchens
The Koran shows every sign of being thrown together by human beings, as do all the other holy books.
– Christopher Hitchens
Just as the humble, unassuming, assenting ‘O.K.’ has deposed the more affirmative ‘Yes,’ so the little cringe and hesitation and approximation of ‘like’ are a help to young people who are struggling to negotiate the shoals and rapids of ethnic identity, the street, and general correctness.
– Christopher Hitchens
It’s true that obscenity is a matter of taste and in the eye of the beholder.
– Christopher Hitchens
I was becoming post-ideological.
– Christopher Hitchens