True irreverence is disrespect for another man's god.
- Following the Equator, Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar
Irreverence is another person's disrespect to your god; there isn't any word that tells what your disrespect to his god is.
- No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger
When a thing is sacred to me it is impossible for me to be irreverent toward it. I cannot call to mind a single instance where I have ever been irreverent, except toward the things which were sacred to other people.
- "Is Shakespeare Dead?"
Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.
- Notebook, 1888
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