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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 30, 2020 at 7:51am

Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile!
-- Kurt Vonnegut

And I agree. The willingness to believe without rational basis and without proof is both disturbing and dangerous in the human animal and is currently all too evident.

Comment was by Mrs.B on October 29, 2020 at 12:56pm

That power needs cutting.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 29, 2020 at 8:18am

Many religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands, like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar. They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift, competing as they do in a marketplace. But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse.
-- Christopher Hitchens, god Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

I've heard it from more than one source:
When religions are in the minority, they focus on minority rights.
When they are in the majority, There ARE no minority rights!

Comment was by Mrs.B on October 28, 2020 at 1:02pm

Horrid things done in religion's name.

Comment was by Stephen on October 28, 2020 at 12:17pm

For some reason, some of my posts are repeating.

Comment was by Chris B on October 28, 2020 at 10:42am

Very true and beautiful!

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 28, 2020 at 7:29am

Morality is doing right, no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right.
-- H. L. Mencken

Having seen what some of the more extreme evangelical Christians are willing to do for their faith lately, I would say that Mencken's statement is utterly unarguable.

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.

 

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