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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

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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

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 24, 2020 at 3:30pm

Comment by Loren Miller on September 24, 2020 at 3:00pm

Trump supporters don't wear masks because it's their way of saying "I'm with stupid."
-- Stephen King, from his Twitter feed, 23 September, 2020

Someone just posted that on Hemant Mehta's Friendly Atheist site, and I just HAD to repost it here!

Comment by Stephen on September 24, 2020 at 1:40pm

And on a similar subject. Many of us here in the UK are extremely concerned that many of the rules and regulations and even more worrying enacted laws won't be withdrawn after the pandemic has lessened 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2020 at 8:54am

This page of quotes is particularly insightful; Douglas, Washington, Sagan, & Nietzsche, provide powerful examples. Thanks, Loren. 

As to the wandering into chats, they are what makes this topic so special. 

Comment by Loren Miller on September 24, 2020 at 7:41am

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
-- Frederick Douglass

This is a powerful truism, whether referring to Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ equality, or any circumstance where there is privilege and lack of privilege. ANYONE expecting to simply gain redress without a struggle is in for a disappointment.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 23, 2020 at 6:47am

Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. I had hoped that liberal and enlightened thought would have reconciled the Christians so that their religious fights would not endanger the peace of Society.
-- George Washington

Bad news, George: in the two centuries since you and your fellows set things up, things have only gotten worse.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 22, 2020 at 6:51am

We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.
-- Carl Sagan

Reality doesn't care if we feel good. Reality does what it does regardless of what Homo sapiens is about, and there is frequently a price to pay for failure to learn that critical lesson.

Comment by Chris B on September 22, 2020 at 12:39am

OK!

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!

 

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