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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 Stephen on August 15, 2020 at 8:11am

"I don't see any god up here" - Yuri Gagarin - first man in space, while in space.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 15, 2020 at 5:54am

Something which does not exist cannot help us, but chronic dependence on something which fails to exist does active harm to all of us.
-- me

I first wrote those words in a blog, 10 years ago. In the intervening time, atheism, skepticism, freethought, and humanism have risen more than perhaps any time in our history, but the same religious naïveté which claims that unsubstantiated faith in an equally vacuous god is a way to truth continues to persist, for any one of several reasons. And yes, that does do active harm, because it wastes resources which could be better used elsewhere, most especially TIME.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2020 at 11:17pm

Unfortunately, catastrophes or scandalous disclosures always have to happen before humanity realises that it is only its own mistakes that have led it into misfortune. These are all the more difficult to rectify, because in the main they have been made by the authorities, who will not commit suicide themselves, but in order to save their own skins, they would rather that all Life should perish before they acknowledge their errors.

~ Viktor Schauberger. (July 13th 2000 ).The Fertile Earth – Nature's Energies in Agriculture, Soil Fertilization and Forestry. Eco-Technology Series”, Volume 3, p.108, Gill & Macmillan Ltd.

Comment by Mrs.B on August 14, 2020 at 1:31pm

Good one.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2020 at 6:36am

Having just watched Radioactive, the story of Marie Curie, last night on Amazon Prime, I thought this particular quote was apropos. She was a strong and self-possessed woman and tireless in her pursuit of truth, and that is to be applauded, regardless of the period in time someone lives.

Comment by Mrs.B on August 13, 2020 at 1:43pm

All good.

Comment by Stephen on August 13, 2020 at 8:14am

“Hitchens' Razor” I would have given my right arm to have come up with that quote.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 13, 2020 at 7:52am

That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.
-- Christopher Hitchens, now known as “Hitchens' Razor”

There are believers out there who would have us think that assertion amounts to proof, even as they wish to insist that faith is a valid means to knowledge. They are wrong on both counts. Valid, independent, testable corroboration is the linchpin to understanding what is real and what is not.

Comment by Stephen on August 13, 2020 at 7:02am

"Religion is "so absurd that it comes close to imbecility." - H. L. Mencken

Comment by Stephen on August 13, 2020 at 7:00am

"This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it." - John Adams

 

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