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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 Loren Miller 1 hour ago

In no instance have . . . the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.
-- James Madison

Indeed, I doubt that religion is interested in "liberty" in any real fashion. Quite the contrary, it wants its congregants tied to itself, dependent on its doctrine and dogma ... because in the final analysis, religion is a parasite.

Comment was by Loren Miller yesterday

I will not attack your doctrines nor your creeds if they accord liberty to me. If they hold thought to be dangerous – if they aver that doubt is a crime, then I attack them one and all, because they enslave the minds of men.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Right with you, Robert.

Comment was by Mrs.B yesterday

Wishing over birthday candles didn't even work 50% of the time...hahahahaha.....

Comment was by Loren Miller on Sunday

I noticed that all the prayers I used to offer to God, and all the prayers I now offer to Joe Pesci, are being answered at about the same fifty percent rate. Half the time I get what I want, half the time I don't...Same as the four-leaf clover and the horseshoe...same as the voodoo lady who tells you your fortune by squeezing the goat's testicles. It's all the same...so just pick your superstition, sit back, make a wish, and enjoy yourself...
-- George Carlin

Or better yet, forget the wishing and do the grunt work to get what you want yourself!

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on Saturday

 Loren. That Emile Zola quote has always been one of my favourites.

Comment was by Loren Miller on Saturday

Civilization will not attain to its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.
-- Émile Zola

It may be that civilization never does quite reach perfection, then, as I am very dubious that humankind will ever be able to fully rid itself of the boat anchor which is religion. Too many humans are lazy, wanting simple answers to complex questions, rather than tackling the REAL answers and confronting their daunting complexity. The struggle against religion as I see it may be a never-ending one. I don't like that, but that's how I see it.

Comment was by Chris B on Saturday

I was working something out and chose this as a summary. Good enough?

Our ideas, opinions and behaviour should be governed by clear, rational thinking, compassion and respect for human rights, and never by fears

Comment was by Mrs.B on Friday

Smarter than many in government.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on Friday

Opinions and feelings are meaningless unless they are in support of facts.

Comment was by Loren Miller on Friday

Obviously, owls give a hoot about this!

 

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