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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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New Rule: Losing to China | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Stephen Brodie Mar 14. 7 Replies

Bill Maher has been, is now, and likely will continue to be a polarizing figure for a while to come.  He says shit that angers people, hosts guest who have views that are sometimes WAY past Six…Continue

Tags: China, Real Time, Bill Maher

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

Tags: rebuttal, debate, christianity, William Lane Craig, Sam Harris

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

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Comment was by Onyango Makagutu on February 26, 2021 at 4:23am

Religion or many ideologies have internal ways of reinforcing themselves that it is hard to get out. One almost always needs external stimuli to drop a belief held from childhood.

Comment was by Mrs.B on February 25, 2021 at 1:38pm

Majority are brainwashed from birth....not many break out.

Comment was by Loren Miller on February 25, 2021 at 8:03am

I think the trouble with being a critical thinker or an atheist, or a humanist is that you're right. And it's quite hard being right in the face of people who are wrong without sounding like a fuckwit. People go, “Do you think the vast majority of the world is wrong?” Well yes, I don't know how to say that nicely, but yes.
-- Tim Minchin

An interesting and I think very accurate observation by Tim here. It reminds me of the scene in the movie Contact where Ellie Arroway is confronted with her lack of belief and it is considered a disqualifier, because the majority of the world believes in some form of god – argumentum ad populum. And is the rest of the world wrong? Personally, I have exactly ZERO reason to believe otherwise.

Comment was by Loren Miller on February 24, 2021 at 7:27am

...it is not to be understood that I am with him [Jesus] in all his doctrines. I am a Materialist, he takes the side of spiritualism; he preaches the efficacy of repentance toward forgiveness of sin. I require a counterpoise of good works to redeem it... Among the sayings & discourses imputed to him by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence: and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism, and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being.
-- Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson [Letter to William Short, 13 April 1820]

Even Jefferson noted the contradictory nature of Jesus' preachings over 200 years ago. That his observations aren't more widely recognized in the here and now reflects the general unwillingness to evaluate Christianity without the rose-colored glasses.

Comment was by Onyango Makagutu on February 24, 2021 at 1:37am

That letter to Menoeceus is one beautiful piece of art.

Comment was by Loren Miller on February 23, 2021 at 7:49am

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
-- Coco Chanel

And that last word is the most important of all.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2021 at 3:14am

"death is feared, not because it is painful being made, but because of the wait is painful."

"of all the evils that gives us more horror, death is nothing to us, since we exist as ourselves, death is not, and when death exists, we are not."

~ Epicurus, Extract from the Letter to Menoeceus, https://www.the-philosophy.com/death-epicurus

Comment was by Mrs.B on February 22, 2021 at 2:15pm

Being told what to think & how to think it, never sat well with me.

Comment was by Loren Miller on February 22, 2021 at 9:29am

Indeed, Davy ... things like freedom and the right to think for yourself, come to your own conclusions and recognize when the organization which has set itself above you is doing its damnedest to limit your actions and behavior and even your thought patterns.

Had I been raised in a tradition like that, my reaction to it now would ... well, let's just say it wouldn't be pretty.

Comment was by Davy on February 22, 2021 at 8:48am

Quite agree Loren but will add sometimes one becomes an Atheist because of what Religion took away from them.

 

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