Clarence Darrow Quotes (83 quotes)
As quoted in "Peter's Quotations: Ideas For Our Time" (1977), edited by Laurence J. Peter, p. 248
“I am an Agnostic because I am not afraid to think. I am not afraid of any god in the universe who would send me or any other man or woman to hell. If there were such a being, he would not be a god; he would be a devil.”
As quoted in a eulogy for Darrow by Emanuel Haldeman-Julius (1938)
Scopes Trial, Dayton, Tennessee (13 July 1925)
“I have suffered from being misunderstood, but I would have suffered a hell of a lot more if I had been understood.”
As quoted in Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do by Peter McWilliams, from 2000 Years of Disbelief (1996) edited by James A Haught p. 817
Interview in Chicago (April 1936)
“The fear of God is not the beginning of wisdom. The fear of God is the death of wisdom. Skepticism and doubt lead to study and investigation, and investigation is the beginning of wisdom.”
Why I Am An Agnostic (1929)
“Calvin Coolidge was the greatest man who ever came out of Plymouth Corner, Vermont.”
As quoted in Foundations of Democracy: A Series of Debates (1939) by Thomas Vernor Smith and Robert Alphonso Taft, p. 10
“Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails.”
The Sign (May 1938) This has been misquoted as: The pursuit of truth will set you free; even if you never catch up with it.
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsClarence Darrow
Born: April 18, 1857
Died: March 13, 1938 (aged 80)
Bio: Clarence Seward Darrow was an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, best known for defending teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb in their trial for murdering 14-year-old Robert Bobby Franks and defending John T. Scopes in the Scopes Monkey Trial, in which he opposed William Jennings Bryan.
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“Sound is naught but broken air, And every speech that is spoken, Loud or privily, foul or fair, In its substance is but air; For as flame is but lighted smoke, So sound is air that is broken.”