Nothing but falsehood needs the assistance of fame and place,
of robes and maitres, of tiaras and crowns. The wise, the really
honest and intelligent, are not swayed or governed by numbers — by
They accept what they really believe to be true. They care
nothing for the opinions of ancestors, nothing for creeds,
assertions and theories, unless they satisfy the reason.
In all directions they seek for truth, and when found, accept
it with joy — accept it in spite of preconceived opinions — in
spite of prejudice and hatred.
This is the course pursued by wise and honest men, and no
other course is possible for them.
Robert Green Ingersoll – “Truth” (1897)