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"That makes sense, Onyango Makagutu, Homo idiotus idiotus it is!"
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"Never watched, never will watch."
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""Homo idiotus idiotus" Amen to that Onyango."
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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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New Rule: Strife of the Party (Real Time with Bill Maher [HBO])

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Nov 14. 3 Replies

Bill Maher is one of those people that you either love or hate, and sometimes both, depending on the topic.  Personally, I think he's full of shit on vaccines and veganism, but when it comes to…Continue

Tags: Latinx, political correctness, Bill Maher

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 was by Loren Miller on October 23, 2020 at 9:12am

The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.
-- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Prescient, wasn't he?

Comment was by Stephen on October 22, 2020 at 8:39pm

Holy Koolaid meets up with the Great Randi

Comment was by Chris B on October 22, 2020 at 1:51pm

He helped so many people to watch better, think better and detect bullshit better!

Comment was by Mrs.B on October 22, 2020 at 1:49pm

I just heard.

Comment was by Stephen on October 22, 2020 at 1:34pm

Loren   James Randi, 1928 – 2020

He did and was of great service to the reason community.

He was a great man and will be missed by his partner José and the rest of us 

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 22, 2020 at 12:33pm

No amount of belief makes something a fact.
-- James Randi, 1928 – 2020

Yes, I'm afraid that this wonderful, brilliant man has gone at age 92 ... and the world is the less for his passing.

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

Capt. John Sheridan: You know, it's funny, I was thinking about what you said, that the preeminent truth of our age is that you cannot fight the system. But if, as you say, the truth is fluid, that the truth is subjective, then maybe you can fight the system. As long as just one person refuses to be broken, refuses to bow down.

Interrogator: But can you win?

Capt. John Sheridan: Every time I say “no.”

-- Babylon 5, “Intersections in Real Time”

There is a powerful lesson here, one which I was a while learning and which the world could stand to adopt, at least in places and especially when dealing with bullies and tyrants.

Comment was by Mrs.B on October 21, 2020 at 1:24pm

Seems to me it's not an explanation, it's an excuse.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 21, 2020 at 9:22am

I don't accept the currently fashionable assertion that any view is automatically as worthy of respect as any equal and opposite view. My view is that the moon is made of rock. If someone says to me 'Well, you haven't been there, have you? You haven't seen it for yourself, so my view that it is made of Norwegian Beaver Cheese is equally valid' - then I can't even be bothered to argue. There is such a thing as the burden of proof, and in the case of god, as in the case of the composition of the moon, this has shifted radically. God used to be the best explanation we'd got, and we've now got vastly better ones. God is no longer an explanation of anything, but has instead become something that would itself need an insurmountable amount of explaining. So I don't think that being convinced that there is no god is as irrational or arrogant a point of view as belief that there is. I don't think the matter calls for even-handedness at all.
-- Douglas Adams

Doug, you just said a mouthful ... and I agree with you 100%!

Comment was by Mrs.B on October 20, 2020 at 1:41pm

Frightening.

 

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