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The quotable Christopher Hitchens

Author/polemicist Christopher Hitchens died at 62 from complications of esophageal cancer on Dec. 15, yet his incisive opinions live on in his books like ”God Is Not Great” and ”Hitch-22.” A few bon mots…

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”Take the risk of thinking for yourself. Much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way.” —in a debate, November 2010

”[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.” —writing on Slate.com, October 2003

”[Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize] would be like giving someone an Oscar in the hope that it would encourage them to make a decent motion picture.” —on Morning Joe, 2009