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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 Stephen Brodie on January 14, 2021 at 4:25pm

"Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion -- several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbour as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight."

Mark Twain.

Comment was by Mrs.B on January 14, 2021 at 1:26pm

On the money.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 14, 2021 at 7:50am

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
-- Bertrand Russell

There in one sentence is the essence of the Dunning-Kruger effect. Brilliantly done, Mr. Russell!

Comment was by Davy on January 13, 2021 at 10:46am

Came across the following whilst reading this book

The Book of Life By Upton Sinclair

©1922

If life is a continually changing product, then the laws which govern conduct must also be continually changing, and morality is a problem of continuous adjustment to new circumstances and new needs. If man is free to work upon this changing environment, he must be free to make new tools and devise new processes.

If it is the task of reason to choose among many possible courses and many possible varieties of life, then clearly it is man s duty to examine and revise every detail of his laws and customs and moral codes.

This is, of course, in flat contradiction to the teachings of all religions.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 13, 2021 at 6:45am

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
-- St. Thomas Aquinas

What this says to me, above and beyond anything else, is that faith is a means to explain away ANYTHING, no matter how unlikely or outrageous. For all the praise Aquinas gets INSIDE the church, out here in the real world, I think he's full of shit.

Comment was by Grinning Cat on January 12, 2021 at 1:26pm

A comment on last week's deadly attempted coup at the US Capitol:
   

To conservatives talking about “unity” and “healing”:

You need to realize a few things.

Above all, that you have fucked up. Big time.

For years, you have consistently indulged in violent rhetoric and wild conspiracy theories that have no link whatsoever to reality. You have been repeatedly tearing down Others who don’t fit your narrow, cramped vision of what type of existence should be permitted. [...]

Your rhetoric has finally led to its inevitable result. An armed mob stormed the U.S. Capitol building with the intent of assassinating a number of U.S. government officials. And you built this. [...]

So if you want unity and healing, you are going to have to face the fact that you have been building this for decades. Then, you are going to have to accept responsibility and accountability. [...]

But even then, you’ll have a long way to go before we can trust you. It took you a long time to get the country to this point. Expect to spend a long time working your way to any kind of decent reputation.

   
(By Beagle at joemygod.com. Heavily snipped; read the entire comment including "non-negotiable conditions" for demonstrating acceptance of responsibility.)

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 12, 2021 at 6:32am


Change may indeed be said to be the ONLY constant in this reality.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 11, 2021 at 7:07am

Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause: And I was not without hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy of ⟨the present⟩ age would have put an effectual stop to contentions of this Kind.
-- George Washington

George may not have been an atheist, but he was no friend of religion, apparently!

Comment was by Mrs.B on January 10, 2021 at 3:35pm

That too.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 10, 2021 at 3:33pm

I was thinking less "childlike" than "childish."

 

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