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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 Loren Miller on October 2, 2020 at 7:55am

We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing, all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.
-- Gene Roddenberry

Considering all the adjectives which Richard Dawkins used in describing the god of the Old Testament in The God Delusion, the one he may have missed is FALLIBLE!. Yahweh screws up more times than anyone would care to count, then tries to sweep it all under the rug. Sadly for him, that doesn't work with anyone who can be bothered to READ.

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

In a nutshell, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 1, 2020 at 7:50am

There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point… The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it.
-- Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

There is no form of god in evidence to begin with, so how it can give us purpose to our lives is beyond me! [chuckle] Besides, I find my own purpose by myself pretty well WITHOUT its help, thankuverymuch!

Comment by Loren Miller on September 30, 2020 at 7:07am

Polemics is argument for the sake of victory, as opposed to discussion for the sake of arriving at the truth.
-- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

The above came from Maharishi's commentary on the first six chapters of the Bhagavad Gita, but even as he criticized the leader of the army of the Kauravas for, essentially, shining up to his boss, the validity of Maharishi's observation continues in the here and now ... particularly with certain events which occurred yesterday, 29 September, 2020.

Just what events I am referring to is left as an exercise for the student.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2020 at 6:44am

Surely you don't believe in the gods. What's your argument? Where's your proof?
-- Aristophanes

Aron Ra has said it many times: "If you can't SHOW it, you don't KNOW it."  And as it comes to arguments, the only one I suspect either he or I would accept is the argument from EVIDENCE.

Comment by Mrs.B on September 28, 2020 at 5:26pm

Both good ones.

Comment by Stephen on September 28, 2020 at 5:08pm

I always loved that one. And I couldn't stop singing in my head Tim Minchin's song fuck the pope. 

Don't watch if the language offends.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 28, 2020 at 4:50pm

I've been watching Brian for a long time now, and I LIKE him a LOT.  His call out when Pope Frankie sided with the terrorists who assaulted the offices of the French satire magazine, Charlie Hebdo, was EPIC:

Comment by Mrs.B on September 28, 2020 at 4:48pm

Brian has many good videos.

Comment by Stephen on September 28, 2020 at 4:31pm

Brian Keith Dalton (Mr Deity) used to work with prager when he was still a Mormon and he knows what a hypocrite he is.

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