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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 February 21, 2021 at 11:34am

They say both Alexander and Julius Caesar were epileptic and therefore touched by the divine but if a plebeian was an epileptic they would have locked them up.

Comment was by Chris B on February 21, 2021 at 9:24am

Good old Hippocrates!!

Comment was by Loren Miller on February 21, 2021 at 8:36am

Men think epilepsy divine, merely because they do not understand it. But if they called everything divine which they do not understand, why, there would be no end of divine things.
-- Hippocrates

Back in Hippocrates' day, any odd or unusual phenomenon was considered divine by some. Problem is that, over time, men and women started looking at those phenomena, dug into them, studied them, and came to understand that there were normal and natural causes for those events. To date, they haven't found so much as one occurrence of a supernatural cause for an evident effect.

And I can't say I'm surprised.

Comment was by Loren Miller on February 20, 2021 at 6:52am

It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the scriptures, and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment.
-- Galileo Galilei

Religion maintained control for centuries on the backs of dogma and ex cathedra pronouncement so much that, when hard fact and experiment and analysis showed up, it was unable to provide anything resembling a coherent answer ... and indeed, it hasn't to this day.

Comment was by Loren Miller on February 19, 2021 at 7:03am

The problem with today’s world is that everyone believes they have the right to express their opinion AND have others listen to it.

The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense!

-- Brian Cox

This is a corollary to Asimov's statement about "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." No, it isn't, and if someone wants to persist in a point of view which has no basis in reality, they should be prepared for untoward consequences.

Comment was by Grinning Cat on February 18, 2021 at 4:59pm

"...Limbaugh...was a pox on American media...
I'm not sorry to say I'm glad Rush is gone.  Thing is, he left too many of himself behind."
--Loren Miller

Comment was by Loren Miller on February 18, 2021 at 7:02am

Some people never say the words,
"I love you."
It's not their style
To be so bold.
Some people never say those words,
"I love you,"
But like a child,
They're longing to be told.

-- Paul Simon, "Something So Right"

For as long as I've listened to his music and his lyrics, Paul Simon has had the ability to cut to the core of the human experience with his adroit skill as a wordsmith. I find the above to be a remarkable example of that ability. Could it be that the primary problem with the world is the human need to be accepted, which walks in lockstep with the inability or unwillingness to express that need? Paul seems to think so here, and I'm not certain that he's wrong.

Comment was by Mrs.B on February 18, 2021 at 1:52am

Our son-in-law always says that gawd wants their kids to do this, that or the other.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on February 18, 2021 at 1:28am

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.

Susan B. Anthony

Comment was by Loren Miller on February 17, 2021 at 7:38am

If it takes the threat of hell to make you a moral person, then you are not at all moral, you are just a coward who responds well to threats.
-- Leo Wolf

I have liked this quote from the first time I heard it, because it gives expression to the "gun-to-your-head" kind of morality espoused in a holy book which resorts to using the carrot of heaven and the stick of hell to motivate its adherents.

Thanks, but I'm not having any.

 

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