Quotes by 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 shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods."

"That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence."

"To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation—is that good for the world?"

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

"Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you."

Books by Christopher Hitchens

  • Animal Farm
  • 2,924,351 ratings
  • April 15th 2010 by Harvill Secker

    (first published August 17th 1945)

  • Brave New World
  • 1,515,391 ratings
  • January 19th 2010 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics

    (first published 1932)

  • Animal Farm / 1984
  • 171,398 ratings
  • June 1st 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    (first published 1948)

  • Infidel
  • 86,290 ratings
  • April 1st 2008 by Atria Books

    (first published 2006)

  • Our Man in Havana
  • 28,240 ratings
  • July 31st 2007 by Penguin Classics

    (first published 1958)

Christopher Hitchens
  • Christopher Hitchens

  • Date of birth: April 13, 1949
  • Died: December 15, 2011
  • Born: in Portsmouth, England.

  • Description: Christopher Eric Hitchens was an English-born American author, journalist, and literary critic. He was a contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, World Affairs, The Nation, Slate, Free Inquiry and a variety of other media outlets. Hitchens was also a political observer, whose best-selling books — the most famous being God Is Not Great — made him a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits. He was also a media fellow at the Hoover Institution.

    Hitchens was a polemicist and intellectual. While he was once identified with the Anglo-American radical political left, near the end of his life he embraced some arguably right-wing causes, most notably the Iraq War. Formerly a Trotskyist and a fixture in the left wing publications of both the United Kingdom and United States, Hitchens departed from the grassroots of the political left in 1989 after what he called the "tepid reaction" of the European left following Ayatollah Khomeini's issue of a fatwa calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie, but he stated on the Charlie Rose show aired August 2007 that he remained a "Democratic Socialist."

    The September 11, 2001 attacks strengthened his embrace of an interventionist foreign policy, and his vociferous criticism of what he called "fascism with an Islamic face." He is known for his ardent admiration of George Orwell, Thomas Paine, and Thomas Jefferson, and for his excoriating critiques of Mother Teresa, Henry Kissinger and Bill Clinton.

    Hitchens was an anti-theist, and he described himself as a believer in the Enlightenment values of secularism, humanism, and reason.