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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 Grinning Cat on August 7, 2020 at 9:49pm

Joan, I don't remember from whom I picked up that the plural of spouse can be "spice"; presumably someone else who practices polyamory (and has, I imagine, gotten quite good at it!).

Apropos: a diagram that's been around for a few years, giving examples of plenty of relationship styles besides monogamy, cheating, and patriarchal polygyny. (Click to enlarge)

Comment by Doone on August 7, 2020 at 7:17am

You can never have enough RAH quotes - especially RAH as Lazarus Long.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 7, 2020 at 6:44am

And now, to swing things back to the primary topic:

That which does not manifest is indistinguishable from things that don't exist.
-- Matt Dillahunty

And until SOMEONE's god can be bothered TO manifest, I have no reason to buy into any of that noise.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 7, 2020 at 6:42am

At the risk of posting two Heinlein quotes on two consecutive days:

A woman is not property, and husbands who think otherwise are living in a dreamworld.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

Worthy of note that he wrote that roughly 50 years ago.

Comment by Onyango Makagutu on August 7, 2020 at 3:42am

I think I am in one voice with Sue Bridehead

Comment by Mrs.B on August 7, 2020 at 1:48am

Never again.

Comment by Chris B on August 7, 2020 at 1:45am

I remember the pic - a bad day for you!

Comment by Mrs.B on August 7, 2020 at 1:32am

Our granddaughter is one of the brainwashed lot of our daughter, & married a pastor. His pastor father performed the ''ceremony''. By far, the worst wedding we'd ever attended.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2020 at 1:28am

Mrs. B. The younger generation seen to be reverting to the old traditions, until it comes to walking their talk. I know of no submissive wife to a dominant husband in the younger members of my family. The young men don't seem to be harmed by women having minds and using them, in fact, their families thrive in egalitarian homes. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2020 at 1:22am

Grinning Cat, "the plural of spouse is 'spice'"! Clever!

 

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