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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 February 28, 2021 at 8:44am

Christianity as preached by the likes of Carl Gallups is not about hating the evil and loving the good. It's about loving the evil and calling it good.
-- Steve Shives

Some years back, Steve tackled Gallups' The Magic Man in the Sky as a part of his "An Atheist Reads..." series and basically eviscerated it. His statement above encapsulates both his disdain and mine for the average apologist's attempt to explain away the problems the bible has, as well as their failure to fully and satisfactorily address questions atheists have about their beliefs.

Comment was by Mrs.B on February 27, 2021 at 1:25pm

Makes for a pleasing vision.

Comment was by Loren Miller on February 27, 2021 at 8:19am

The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
oiver harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

-- Carl Sandburg, "Fog"

In the wake of all the talk about cats, I thought I'd post a memory from high school English class.

Comment was by Chris B on February 27, 2021 at 2:41am

Good picture!

Comment was by Mrs.B on February 26, 2021 at 9:48pm

Awwww....purrtee kitty.

Comment was by Loren Miller on February 26, 2021 at 8:49pm

I get along pretty well with my kitties, Spooky especially:

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on February 26, 2021 at 8:49pm

Joan I vaguely remember a teacher at my secondary school being horrified that I chose to read Shelly in my English Literature class. It wasn't until many years later that I think I know why. My teacher was really conservative in his views on working-class history.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on February 26, 2021 at 8:41pm

I also found a poem by Shelley who was a non-violent resister to the government of his time. The paragraph caught my attention:

"Rise, like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number!
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you:
Ye are many—they are few!"[4]

~  Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1847). Shelley, Mrs. (ed.). The works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. pp. 231–235.

See the entire poem in Wikipedia, "The Masque of Anarchy"

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on February 26, 2021 at 8:35pm

Some really good ones there Joan

Comment was by Joan Denoo on February 26, 2021 at 8:33pm

Loren, while looking for the source of "If he is infinitely good, what reason should we have to fear him?" I ran across this Shelley claim that I thought would have meaning for you:

“When my cats aren't happy, I'm not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know they're just sitting there thinking up ways to get even.”
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Oh! and this one:

"If you would know a man, observe how he treats a cat."

~ Robert A. Heinlein

 

 

 

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