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Quote Of The Day

A place to post favorite quotes about atheism and other significant topics

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I have been a quote collector and quote monger for at least as long as I have been an atheist, and likely much longer.  There is a fascination in me of those who are sufficiently skilled in language that they structure words into concepts and ideas and proposed actions which grab my attention and interest, whether it is John F. Kennedy's unabashed statement: "We choose to go to the moon and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard," Robert A. Heinlein's blunt expression: "If you've got the truth, you can demonstrate it.  Talking doesn't prove it. SHOW people," or Captain Kirk's subtle yet important tactical observation, having encountered and been challenged by the dauntingly huge First Federation vessel: "Not chess, Mr. Spock ... Poker!"

Certainly, atheism has had its share of skilled spokespeople, whose words have inspired and driven us, whether it was Madalyn Murray O'Hair, saying: "An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church," or Sam Harris, who noted that: "The only problem with Islamic fundamentalism are the fundamentals of Islam," or Aron Ra's far more succinct: "If you can't SHOW it, you don't KNOW it."

Consciously or unconsciously, I suspect all of us have learned and grown from such words and many others, becoming stronger and more mature, not just in our atheism but in ourselves, having heard such words as these, and that is the point of this group: not to just deal in quotes which praise and promote atheism but which advance the cause of knowledge, self-understanding and self-ownership.  Each of us have likely heard someone say something and think, "Wow!" and resonated to the significance of what they heard.

That's what I want to do here: share, learn, and grow, not just from THEIR words, but our own.

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One suggestion for the main comment area of the group: Please keep your quotes to under 20 lines or 200 words.  That way, one entry won't dominate a given page of the comment area.  If you have a longer quote or speech which you think is significant, create a separate post in the group.

Please enjoy!

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You've created God in your own image when...

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 31. 14 Replies

This one, with its context, is too long for the group comments, but in my opinion the context deserves to be more widely known. You'll probably enjoy it, whether or not you're a writer."Now,…Continue

Tags: Shitty First Drafts, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott, writing

Aron Ra on Belief and Bull ... Well, You Know!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 25. 2 Replies

From the first time I became aware of him, I have been unabashedly enamored of Aron Ra's unrelenting assault on belief and bullshit.  The following is among my very favorite of his statements…Continue

Tags: religion, bullshit, belief, Aron Ra

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Comment by Mrs.B on Sunday

Yes, their certainty guarantees arrogance. I see my daughter now has that arrogance, & the better than everyone else attitude. 

Comment by Loren Miller on Sunday

Very damned true, Mrs. B.  Because doubt is the foundation of skepticism and proper, independent freethought.  And thinking about doubt:

The only appropriate attitude for man to have about the big questions is not the arrogant certitude that is the hallmark of religion, but doubt. Doubt is humble, and that's what man needs to be, considering that human history is a litany of getting shit dead wrong.
-- Bill Maher, Religulous

Comment by Mrs.B on Sunday

Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.

- Clarence Darrow

Comment by Loren Miller on Sunday

EXCELLENT, Stephen!

Comment by Stephen on Sunday

“If a religion wants you to give up your freedom, just give up that religion! Nothing is holier than your freedom!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Comment by Loren Miller on Sunday

Don't you know there ain't no devil, there's just God when he's drunk?
-- Tom Waits

Considering some of the aberrant acts Yahweh is alleged to have committed in the bible, Mr. Waits' statement may have more than a little merit.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 1, 2020 at 9:20am

Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.
-- Christopher Hitchens, god Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

If human decency had NOT preceded religion, it's entirely possible that Homo sapiens would have vanished from the planet long before now!

Comment by Mrs.B on July 31, 2020 at 2:23pm

It is distressing, to the nth degree! Terrifying, actually.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 31, 2020 at 2:18pm

In three words, Mrs. B: frightened little people.

People who have been taught to be frightened, who have ceded control of their lives to a religion which teaches them not to examine, not to question, not to analyze, but to swallow their irrational dicta whole.  These are also people who want Jesus to take the wheel, rather than accepting responsibility for their own lives.

Just typing that disturbs me.  The reality of it is far more distressing.

Comment by Mrs.B on July 31, 2020 at 1:11pm

Makes a person wonder why religion is still such a strong factor today.

 

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