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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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H. L. Mencken on the Scopes "Monkey Trial"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 4. 6 Replies

Hanging around Hemant Mehta's Friendly Atheist website has been enormously beneficial to my quote-mongering predilections.  Every so often, someone posts something brilliant, and, good little…Continue

Tags: Monkey trial, Scopes, H. L. Mencken

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 August 7, 2020 at 12:49am

Our vows were ''love, honour, & cherish'', 54 years ago, but our granddaughter's wedding had ''obey'' in them 5 years ago.

Comment by Chris B on August 7, 2020 at 12:19am

Those stupid ideas about marriage should've disappeared long ago. I refused marriage until the law changed me into an equal partner..

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 6, 2020 at 11:47pm

<nod!> And also the traditional immoral and obsolete marriage vows, where the bride promises to "obey" the groom.

At weddings I've been to, the ceremony has been completely egalitarian: "Who presents this man to be married to this woman?" and "Who presents this woman to be married to this man?"

(As for "forsaking all others"--that depends on the couple! We certainly don't need fossilized Bronze Age mores derived from a patriarchal society without effective birth control, which valued a woman in large part for her ability to give her husband babies of known paternity.

There is something to be said for the people getting married promising commitment to each other, with whatever details suit them. Some can't imagine having more than one partner, or sharing a partner. For others, the plural of spouse is "spice". Not all great minds [and hearts] think alike.

Here endeth the soapbox. :-)

Comment by Mrs.B on August 6, 2020 at 8:24pm

Yup, just merchandise.

Comment by Stephen on August 6, 2020 at 8:19pm

From Thomas Hardy's  Jude the obscure 

The Character Sue Bridehead says.

"I have been looking at the marriage service in the Prayer-book, and it seems to me very humiliating that a giver-away should be required at all. According to the ceremony as there printed, my bridegroom chooses me of his own will and pleasure; but I don’t choose him. Somebody gives me to him, like a she-ass or she-goat, or any other domestic animal. Bless your exalted views of woman, O Churchman!"

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 6, 2020 at 1:39pm

I like those two quotes from Heinlein.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 6, 2020 at 8:48am

So do I, Chris.  I have always enjoyed his "voice," and I will never forget when Dan Rather announced his passing on the news.  That was a real loss to me.

Comment by Chris B on August 6, 2020 at 7:52am

I still read and enjoy his books.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 6, 2020 at 7:06am

The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.

The second most preposterous notion is that copulation is inherently sinful.

-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

Ol' Bob sure had a way with words, didn't he?

Comment by Mrs.B on August 5, 2020 at 1:26pm

Also a good cuss word.

 

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