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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 Joan Denoo on September 28, 2020 at 2:55pm

One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.
~ Arthur C. Clarke

Comment by Mrs.B on September 28, 2020 at 1:56pm

I like that.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 28, 2020 at 7:48am

Glad you like it, Onyango.  Obviously, so do I! [grin!]

Comment by Onyango Makagutu on September 28, 2020 at 6:59am

Loren this last one is interesting

Comment by Loren Miller on September 28, 2020 at 6:37am

The only way to rid the world of religion is to rid the world of ignorance. The only way to rid the world of atheism is to rid the world of people.
-– "MentalGent" of the late Experience Project

MentalGent was a good friend of mine on that now-defunct website, and he had his own share of pithy insights into the nature of belief and atheism, the above being only one example.

Comment by Mrs.B on September 27, 2020 at 1:17pm

Yes, she has a great way with words.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 27, 2020 at 6:50am

The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.
-- Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Infidel

She says it beautifully, doesn't she?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2020 at 2:22pm

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
~  Albert Camus

Comment by Loren Miller on September 26, 2020 at 9:23am

Every account of a higher power that I've seen described, of all religions that I've seen include many statements with regard to the benevolence of that power. When I look at the universe and all the ways the universe wants to kill us, I find it hard to reconcile that with statements of beneficence.
-- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Funny thing, Neil: I see the exact same thing.

Comment by Mrs.B on September 25, 2020 at 1:27pm

So true.

 

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