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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

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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

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Comment was by Stephen on October 27, 2020 at 9:08pm

How can it be a bad thing for a worldview to argue (a) that our experience of reality, not myth or superstition, should form the basis of our actions and laws, (b) that we need to accept the world for what it is and not what we wish it were, and finally (c) that we need to encourage constant questioning, about oneself and one’s actions, and accepts that as we learn new things about the world our opinion of what is right can and will change?

Lawrence Krauss

Comment was by Mrs.B on October 27, 2020 at 1:22pm

That is also the excuse when they can't answer something themselves.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 27, 2020 at 9:19am

It's a meaningless panacea when we invent a god that can do anything and be anything… It serves as an answer to every question and an explanation for nothing.
-- Matt Dillahunty

It's been my experience that any attempt at a "blanket answer" such as described above, rather than covering EVERYTHING, tends to cover NOTHING.

Comment was by Chris B on October 27, 2020 at 7:07am

Same for me - and I tend to avoid all sounds at the moment, caused by hearing problems.

Comment was by Mrs.B on October 27, 2020 at 2:18am

I'm with you there, Onyango. I don't particularly like the voice in my ears, reading ''to'' me.

Comment was by Onyango Makagutu on October 27, 2020 at 2:13am

I, for some reason, don't like audiobooks. I prefer to read

Comment was by Stephen on October 26, 2020 at 10:01pm

 Onyango you can get many of Heinlein's books in Audiobook form on YouTube 

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 26, 2020 at 6:31am

Okay, I can deal with a Heinlein kick.  Try this on for size:

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything — you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.
-- Robert A. Heinlein

I THINK that's from The Star Beast, but I'm not certain. Regardless, it's one of the truest things he ever said / wrote, and very damned timely in the here and now.

Comment was by Chris B on October 26, 2020 at 6:30am

Good! Another Heinlein fan!

Comment was by Onyango Makagutu on October 26, 2020 at 4:09am

I have been reading Robert Heinlein since I first saw a quote of his here and I quite enjoy what i have read so far

 

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