Ingersoll on VOLTAIRE, from the Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Volume 3, Lecture…


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Col. Ingersoll begins his lectures on famous people as follows: "It is hard to overstate the debt we owe to the men and women of genius. Take from our world what they have given, and all the niches would be empty, all the walls naked—meaning and connection would fall from words of poetry and fiction, music would go back to common air, and all the forms of subtle and enchanting Art would lose proportion and become the unmeaning waste and shattered spoil of thoughtless Chance." One of the most famous orators of his day, a contemporary and personal friend of Mark Twain and General Grant, Ingersoll's lectures on famous people in this series include: SHAKESPEARE, ROBERT BURNS, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VOLTAIRE, WALT WHITMAN, HUMBOLDT AND THOMAS PAINE; followed by inspiring speeches on THE GREAT INFIDELS; WHICH WAY? (science or superstition); and ABOUT THE HOLY BIBLE. Each lecture in Volume 3, plus 2 lectures from Volume 1 (of the 12 volume Dresden Edition), will be presented on Librivox as a separate audiobook in the series called Ingersoll Lectures, Famous People. (Michele Fry) (1 hr 38 min)

Chapters

I. Introduction 18:53 Read by Michele Fry
II. The Days of Youth 10:39 Read by realisticspeakers
III. The Morn of Manhood 18:30 Read by Kathryn Phipps
IV. The Scheme of Nature 4:07 Read by Kathryn Phipps
V. His Humanity: The Espenasse Case/The Sirven Family 17:41 Read by William Allan Jones
VI. The Return 11:19 Read by William Allan Jones
VII. The Death -Bed Argument 10:17 Read by William Allan Jones
VIII. The Second Return 7:06 Read by Brian Levine