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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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Tuesday. 19 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

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

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 Chris B on August 11, 2020 at 12:37am

Brecht was no fool at all!

Comment by Mrs.B on August 10, 2020 at 8:10pm

That's a good one, Stephen.

Comment by Stephen on August 10, 2020 at 8:08pm

Comment by Mrs.B on August 10, 2020 at 1:24pm

So on the money, Loren.

Comment by Davy on August 10, 2020 at 8:20am

Here is a rather long quote of William Cowper (1731- 1800)

Here the heart

May give a useful lesson to the head,

And Learning wiser grow without his books.

Knowledge and Wisdom, far from being one,

Have oft times no connexion. Knowledge dwells

In heads replete with thoughts of other men;

Wisdom in minds attentive to their own.

Knowledge a rude unprofitable mass,

The mere materials with which Wisdom builds,

Till smooth’d, and squared, and fitted to its place,

Does but encumber whom it seems to enrich.

Knowledge is proud that he has learn’d so much;

Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.

William Cowper (1731 – 1800) — The Task. – Bk. VI. – Line 96.

Comment by Davy on August 10, 2020 at 8:16am

Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed by the masses
Plato

Comment by Chris B on August 10, 2020 at 6:06am

A beauty, and very true!

Comment by Loren Miller on August 10, 2020 at 5:37am

One of the things that is a classic trope of the religious bigot, is while they’re denying people their rights, they claim that their rights are being denied. While they are persecuting people, they claim to be persecuted. While they are behaving colossally offensively, they claim to be the offended party.
-- Salman Rushdie

I imagine that each of us, at one time or another, have thought the same thing. Leave it to Rushdie to have the courage to VOICE it.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 9, 2020 at 7:49am

I've searched my conscience, and I can't for the life of me find any justification for this, and I simply cannot accept that there are on every story two equal and logical sides to an argument.
-- Edward R. Murrow

I think the above is important, especially since believers will insist that THEIR side of the argument is valid. It isn't.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2020 at 5:33pm

This is the first time I've seen that quote from Stephen Hawking.  I like.

 

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