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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.

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Comment was by Loren Miller on November 27, 2020 at 8:45am

I have some terrific organ music I love to listen to.  I love the dynamics and the multiple colors a pipe organ brings, both as a solo instrument and as part of a symphonic performance.  The work can be secular or sectarian; it doesn't really matter, though keeping words OUT of it helps a lot!

Comment was by Grinning Cat on November 27, 2020 at 8:40am

Andrew Carnegie on church organs:

Carnegie was not very religious, in fact, he may have been an agnostic.  Yet, he gave money to purchase 4,092 church organs in the United States... Other countries got 3,597 organs...

So, why did he give money to purchase church organs? He said: "To lessen the pain of the sermon."

On another occasion he said: "You can't always trust what the pulpit says, but you can always depend upon what the organ says."

(Source: "Scots Great and Small, People and Places", March 24, 2010 post)

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 27, 2020 at 8:30am

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
-- Proverbs 3:5

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
-- Proverbs 4:7

Well? Which is it? Rely on Yahweh for understanding or get wisdom and with THAT, get understanding? This is the kind of crap which separates the bible from any chance of having credibility.

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 26, 2020 at 6:43am

Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.
-- Christopher Hitchens, god Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Thanks, Christopher, for saying it so clearly.

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 25, 2020 at 9:26am

The history of intellectual progress is written in the lives of infidels.
-- Robert G. Ingersoll

Indeed, the boat-rockers, the noisemakers, those not satisfied with the status quo or "common wisdom" are frequently those who bring something new to the table ... whereupon all the reactionaries lose their shit and scream bloody murder!

Comment was by Randall Smith on November 25, 2020 at 8:02am

Your remarks are touching, Joan. I know the feeling.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on November 24, 2020 at 6:05pm

Too many loved ones gone. They do not hear me nor do they have a message for me. They are gone. Done. No longer in existence. I miss them and talk to them often knowing there is nothing that hears me except for my own thoughts. The memories guide me in how I approach the end. I embrace every moment I have with loved ones and friends now and gratefully embrace them. I know the family will go on without me, however, I am certain they will have memories that make them laugh, smile and love each other. 

Comment was by Mrs.B on November 24, 2020 at 2:40pm

Odd....I never come with names that belong the one's I've looked for.

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 24, 2020 at 7:43am

We seem to have reached the age where life stops giving us things and starts taking them away.
-- Dean Charles Stanforth

Ever Google an old friend, see what he or she is up to? Well, I Googled two such people yesterday, one from my college days and another from further down the road ... and discovered they were both gone. Literally, the first item on the search in both cases was their obituary. These were people I cared about deeply, who came into my life and changed it, improved it. I'm pretty sure I let both of them know how I felt about them and how I appreciated who they were to me, but knowing now that they're no longer available ... that cuts, and not superficially, either.

Quote of the day and a point on the curve of a Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

Comment was by Chris B on November 24, 2020 at 5:07am

And scary!

 

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