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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 Sep 28. 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 Mrs.B on September 21, 2020 at 1:52pm

This discussion is because of Loren's quote, Chris. I don't feel it's messed it up.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 21, 2020 at 6:37am

All religions bear traces of the fact that they arose during the intellectual immaturity of the human race before it had learned the obligations to speak the truth. Not one of them makes it the duty of its God to be truthful and understandable in his communications.
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Regarding that last, I have a question: HOW do we verify that such "communications" actually come from a god?

BTW, gang, I expect at least SOME conversation here, regarding posted quotes. Just let's not go crazy with that!

Comment by Chris B on September 20, 2020 at 11:52pm

Oh, we're messing up Loren's quotes!

Comment by Chris B on September 20, 2020 at 11:51pm

And it's great to work together on a project, and good to enjoy the company all the while. Accepting help is more difficult, I feel. This week a friend installed two taps for us - something we can't do ourselves - and wanted nothing in return. So we'll pay it forward.

Comment by Mrs.B on September 20, 2020 at 5:54pm

Oh I agree there, Stephen. If I'm able to help in that sort of situation, I'll do it because it's the human thing to do...not for pay back, rewards, or kudos....it's the thing to do when someone needs a hand.

Comment by Stephen on September 20, 2020 at 3:53pm

I help out each Friday on a street kitchen for the homeless and I have to admit I do it because it makes me feel good, but I agree with you Mrs B if I donate something I prefer to do it anonymously; but in the case of helping out on the food kitchen, my main motivation is that I enjoy the company. All those Christian do Gooders are in my opinion lying when they say they do it just to be helpful 

Comment by Mrs.B on September 20, 2020 at 1:48pm

Personally, I like to help anonymously if possible. It never enters my mind about getting something in return.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 20, 2020 at 7:44am

The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.
-- Abigail Van Buren

Not bad for "Dear Abby," eh?

Comment by Mrs.B on September 19, 2020 at 2:02pm

Too bad she was forced to apologize for calling scump a faker.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 19, 2020 at 7:04am

My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.
-- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

You must have heard the news by now: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away last night, sometime in the early evening. As for her "most fervent wish," for all the lip service I am sure she will get from the right, Trump and Mitch McConnell will pay no more attention to that than they would any other such request which would stand in the way of their ongoing desire for more power.

It's time to go to the mat for our dear Notorious RBG, people. Those of us who are US citizens, get a hold of your Senators and make it absolutely, utterly, crystalline clear to them that Justice Ginsburg's Request Should Be HONORED, and in the observance, NOT in the breach!

 

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