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Stephen replied to Grinning Cat's discussion You've created God in your own image when... in the group Quote Of The Day
"Mary Baker Eddy. I couldn't agree with you more."
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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 Stephen 6 hours ago. 18 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 Loren Miller on September 16, 2020 at 7:38am

Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.
-- Isaac Asimov

Very true. The trick is to get those who are so certain that the bible is so perfect to actually READ ALL OF IT ... because they might be a bit surprised at certain verses they run into!

Comment by Mrs.B on September 15, 2020 at 2:13pm

All good.

Comment by Stephen on September 15, 2020 at 9:27am

samueljohnson

Doctor Johnson proposed to define the word ‘oats’ thus: ‘A grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.’ And I replied: ‘Aye, and that’s why England has such fine horses, and Scotland such fine people.’

James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., ch. 14 (1791)

Comment by Loren Miller on September 15, 2020 at 6:34am

Here's a "twofer" for all of you today:

You know your god is man-made when he hates all the same people you do.
-- from Usenet

Gods always behave like the people who make them.
-- Zora Neale Hurston

Comment by Mrs.B on September 14, 2020 at 3:17pm

Exactly, they know everything & see no need to learn anything new or better in the current time.

The nearest they ever come to admitting wrong, is when they have a ''revelation'' to change something....hahahahaha

Comment by Loren Miller on September 14, 2020 at 3:02pm

Science also CORRECTS itself when it finds itself to be in error, Mrs. B.  When is the last time any religion did that – admit that they were WRONG?

Doesn't happen very often, does it?

Comment by Mrs.B on September 14, 2020 at 2:03pm

Science learns something different on an ongoing basis. 

Comment by Loren Miller on September 14, 2020 at 7:52am

Belief is the death of intelligence. As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence.
-- Robert Anton Wilson, Cosmic Trigger: The Final Secret of the Illuminati

In researching this quote, I ran onto a comment, presumably from a believer, who wanted to attack atheists "... who believe with absolute certainty in scientific answers to questions." "Absolute certainty?!?" Someone had better tell this cupcake that all scientific results are PROVISIONAL and subject to future discovery ... though I must say, I remain confident in Ohm's Law, pretty much, because I can demonstrate the truth of it.

Religionists and their god? Not so much.

Comment by Mrs.B on September 13, 2020 at 2:22pm

More like revulsion, rather than revelation.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 13, 2020 at 9:09am

In THIS day and age, Stephen?  NOT A CHANCE!

 

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