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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.

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Comment was by Grinning Cat 9 hours ago

Atheism is a Religion like Baldness is a Hairstyle

Someone at Atheist Nexus had written, "It's not. But it is. But it's not", making the point that a society that claims to respect freedom of religion should equally respect freedom from religion, and people's right to not be affiliated with one.

And speaking of sexual positions, it's amazing that a number of god characters are reputed to have created this vast universe, in which we humans are a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot, yet they take an intense, perverse interest in what we do with our naughty good bits!

An omniscient, powerful god with human-like feelings and disgusts -- say, hating sex between men -- might be opening himself to significant "Leverage", as shown in this NSFW cartoon:

https://www.oglaf.com/leverage/

(hit "Next" to get the second page of the story)

Comment was by Loren Miller 11 hours ago

Atheism is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby.
-- Penn Jillette

Or like bald is a hair color or like abstinence is a sexual position!

Comment was by Loren Miller yesterday

The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

-- William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming”

Sound familiar, does that?

Comment was by Joan Denoo yesterday

Loren, thanks for the link to Deepwater Horizon. "Hope ain't a tactic!" 

Hope was one of the "killer" words for me:

yield, pray, obey, hope, turn the other cheek, crucify yourself!  

I like your "thriving" words: 

preparation and focused, purposeful ACTION!

Comment was by Stephen Brodie yesterday

"Shrines! Shrines! Surely you don't believe in the gods. What's your argument? Where's your proof?"

Aristophanes

Comment was by Loren Miller on Sunday

Hope ain't a tactic, Don.
-- Chief ET Mike Williams, to BP Rep Don Vidrine

No, hope does NOT qualify as any kind of tactic, not without preparation and focused, purposeful ACTION. Without those, hope is a time-waster and a liar and worse than useless.

I should mention that the above quote came from the movie, Deepwater Horizon, and for those who are interested, here is the scene from which it comes.

Comment was by Davy on Sunday

Well that is one of Rabbie's quotes I haven't come across Stephen.

Here is a quote from Zeno of Citium (Modern day Cypress)

No evil is honourable; but death is honourable; therefore death is no evil.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on Sunday

 “Those who seek for some cosmic all-embracing libretto or God are, believe me, pathetically mistaken.” Robert Burns Scottish poet.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on Sunday

Joan and Davy. Thank you for that discussion. I've always liked that quote by Epicurus, I find it quite soothing. Joan thanks for the link Letter to Menoeceus

Comment was by Davy on Sunday

Your welcome Aunty
I always include the quoter's name and if possible the years they lived to allow others to trace the source more easily should the query it.

 

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