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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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WAR is a racket.

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Quotes from Mark Twain's Letters From the Earth

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A few long quotes from Twain's Letters From the Earth, out of the way of the main Quote of the Day…Continue

You've created God in your own image when...

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Terence Meaden Dec 27, 2020. 20 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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Comment was by Mrs.B on November 29, 2020 at 1:39pm

That makes it all ok.

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 29, 2020 at 8:24am

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
-- Voltaire

Sounds too familiar, don't it?

Comment was by Mrs.B on November 28, 2020 at 1:29pm

That nail has been squarely hit.

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 28, 2020 at 7:10am

A preoccupation with the next world clearly shows an inability to cope credibly with this one.
-- Richard K. Morgan, Broken Angels

Now THERE is a mouthful in a few words!

Comment was by Mrs.B on November 27, 2020 at 1:45pm

All good. Organ music can be very powerful, & / or moody.

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 27, 2020 at 9:17am

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
-- Proverbs 26:4

Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
-- Proverbs 26:5

There you go gang. The bible contradicts itself in TWO CONSECUTIVE VERSES. Swell, eh? [smh!]

Comment was by Grinning Cat on November 27, 2020 at 9:06am

And back to the Bible, yeah, a book that can be used to assert everything predicts and explains nothing.

In fact, in at least one place you can find a contradiction in two consecutive verses! In Proverbs there's "Answer not a fool according to his folly..." right next to "Answer a fool according to his folly..."

(Not motivated to look up chapter and verse. :)

Comment was by Grinning Cat on November 27, 2020 at 9:00am

Following up on Gene Roddenberry's questioning the story logic of an all-powerful, all-knowing God who creates faulty humans, then blames them for that:

Does anyone happen to know who came up with the analogy below? I'd like to give credit where credit is due when I repeat it.

An all-powerful, all-knowing God who can't stand LGBTQAI* people living their authentic lives, yet creates them anyway, makes as much sense as a human who despises liver and onions, but nevertheless cooks it every night only to throw it in the garbage.

(Related: the NSFW Oglaf cartoon "Leverage", which includes explicit sex between men. Hit "Next Page" to get the end of the story.)

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 27, 2020 at 8:56am

And as it comes to that, GC, any book that can advance both sides of an argument as valid and worthy of consideration effectively says NOTHING ... and is undeserving of regard or respect.

And the bible does this entirely too often.

Comment was by Grinning Cat on November 27, 2020 at 8:48am

Following up on Loren's highlighting just one of many hundreds of contradictions within the Bible:

"If 'survival of the fittest' has any validity as a slogan, then the Bible seems a fair candidate for the accolade of the fittest of texts."
-- Hugh Pyper, quoted in Susan Blackmore's The Meme Machine

"It is extremely adaptable, and since much of its content is self-contradictory it can be used to justify more or less any action or moral stance."
-- Susan Blackmore, The Meme Machine

 

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