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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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Sam Harris - First Rebuttal Against William Lane Craig

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Feb 3. 4 Replies

The following is OLD, not quite 10 years old, presuming that the video was released not long after the Notre Dame debate between Sam Harris and William Lane Craig.  That doesn't change the fact that,…Continue

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Quotes from Mark Twain's Letters From the Earth

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Comment was by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2021 at 5:24am

Onyango Makagutu, I like the way you worded the meaning of existence. While trying to find Zola's quote source, I ran across:

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
Émile Zola

I am unable to find the source of this quote, as well. It is 2:23 AM and I give up. Maybe I will be a better researcher tomorrow. 

Comment was by Onyango Makagutu on January 20, 2021 at 1:27am

Joan I think I am with you on this. A stone exists without justifying its existence before reason. It just is. The universe is a brute fact. It exists.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2021 at 1:04am

Does "Everything must justify its existence before the judgment seat of Reason."
Does it? Does a woman or a man, a 
genius or an ignoramus, a teacher or a student, you or I, Nelson Mandela or garbage collector have to justify its existence or give up its existence? 

 

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 19, 2021 at 11:28pm

Stephen ... you don't want to guess how down I am with Engel's statement.  If reason doesn't prevail, the world runs to madness ... and I for myself have had enough of madness.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on January 19, 2021 at 7:51pm

Everything must justify its existence before the judgment seat of Reason, or give up existence.

Friedrich Engels.

Comment was by Mrs.B on January 19, 2021 at 1:30pm

Very true. The morons chased me down for 7 years after I quit showing up, & finally excommunicated me.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 19, 2021 at 7:59am

In no instance have . . . the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.
-- James Madison

Indeed, I doubt that religion is interested in "liberty" in any real fashion. Quite the contrary, it wants its congregants tied to itself, dependent on its doctrine and dogma ... because in the final analysis, religion is a parasite.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 18, 2021 at 7:29am

I will not attack your doctrines nor your creeds if they accord liberty to me. If they hold thought to be dangerous – if they aver that doubt is a crime, then I attack them one and all, because they enslave the minds of men.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Right with you, Robert.

Comment was by Mrs.B on January 17, 2021 at 2:12pm

Wishing over birthday candles didn't even work 50% of the time...hahahahaha.....

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 17, 2021 at 8:19am

I noticed that all the prayers I used to offer to God, and all the prayers I now offer to Joe Pesci, are being answered at about the same fifty percent rate. Half the time I get what I want, half the time I don't...Same as the four-leaf clover and the horseshoe...same as the voodoo lady who tells you your fortune by squeezing the goat's testicles. It's all the same...so just pick your superstition, sit back, make a wish, and enjoy yourself...
-- George Carlin

Or better yet, forget the wishing and do the grunt work to get what you want yourself!

 

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