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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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The Top 30 Worst Places to Live in the United State

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 16. 1 Reply

Loren, have you seen this article? The Top 30 Worst Places to Live in…Continue

WAR is a racket.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Onyango Makagutu Jan 6. 5 Replies

WAR is a racket. It always has been.By Major General Smedley Butleronline at: https://ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html"It is…Continue

Tags: skills, interpersonal, &, personal

Quotes from Mark Twain's Letters From the Earth

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 3. 4 Replies

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

Tags: Shitty First Drafts, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott, writing

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Comment was by Onyango Makagutu on December 3, 2020 at 7:29am

Grinning Cat thanks for the recommendation. I will check it out. And while on the subject of war, I would recommend war is a racket by Smedley Butler. His suggestions on how to end war I think will remain relevant for a very long time to come

Comment was by Loren Miller on December 3, 2020 at 6:20am

The Good is that which leads to health, The Right is that which leads to peace. Purpose is ours to choose, Meaning is the story we choose to join. We are all members of Darwin's family, all kin from the beginning of life. If you value anything, value other humans, for they are the only help you will have in times of trouble. The Godless Universe is vast and wondrous, and more than enough. We have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
-- John Hodges

Yeah ... that pretty well covers it.

Comment was by Mrs.B on December 2, 2020 at 1:40pm

Denying/ignoring reality does not make it go away.

Comment was by Loren Miller on December 2, 2020 at 8:58am

OR because a certain segment of the population wants to IGNORE that truth.  Seems as though Mohandas was one pretty sharp cookie!

Comment was by Grinning Cat on December 1, 2020 at 2:54pm

On killing in large numbers while in uniform becoming somehow noble and glorious, veteran war correspondent Chris Hedges' book War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning is worth a look.

"Hedges shows how war seduces not just those on the front lines but entire societies, corrupting politics, destroying culture, and perverting the most basic human desires."

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27502.War_Is_a_Force_That_Gives...

Comment was by Mrs.B on December 1, 2020 at 1:06pm

Not to mention their gawd thing is the biggest abortionist of all.

Comment was by Onyango Makagutu on December 1, 2020 at 12:37pm

Pro-life is you are on his side otherwise you are damned

Comment was by Loren Miller on December 1, 2020 at 7:37am

The people of Samaria must bear the consequences of their guilt because they rebelled against their God. They will be killed by an invading, their little ones dashed to death against the ground, their pregnant women ripped open by swords.
-- Hosea 13:16

Now WHAT exactly was that about Yahweh being pro-life?!?

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 30, 2020 at 8:54am



For those who cannot read Mr. Mackesy's handwriting, it says:

"What is the bravest thing you ever said?" asked the boy.
"Help," said the horse.


And all of the above courtesy of Charlie Mackesy's book, The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and the Horse. Gentle wisdom when we need it, I think.

Comment was by Onyango Makagutu on November 30, 2020 at 12:46am

Loren that sounds so familiar. In fact, if you succeed at killing more of the enemy, you get military honours

 

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