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

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WAR is a racket.

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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 Loren Miller on March 6, 2021 at 8:11am

There was a time when religion ruled the world. It is known as the Dark Ages.
-- Ruth Hurmence Green

And the evangelicals have been doing everything they can to drag us back to those times, darn near ever since.

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 5, 2021 at 8:59am

Revelation is necessarily first person, and to everyone else, it's hearsay.
-- David Frum

This is very likely an expression of the single biggest mistake believers make with us. They think their experience is universal, when what it really is is a common indoctrination trope, spread from parent to child and reinforced with threats of eternal punishment. Their problem is that we shook the brainwashing and with it, that supposed "revelation."

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 4, 2021 at 7:36am

So long as we're talking about Martin Luther:

Luther had it right, too.  Reason deals with reality and has a tendency to skewer that which is NOT.  Religion in general and Christianity in particular cannot substantiate any part of itself to the satisfaction of those who are concerned with fact and evidence.

And because of that, sooner or later, religion is going to lose.

Comment was by Chris B on March 4, 2021 at 7:03am

Onyango, I happened to grow up among believers; they tried to keep me as uninformed as possible, and didn't succeed because I escaped, so to me that quote is too close for comfort.

Comment was by Onyango Makagutu on March 4, 2021 at 2:25am

Chris I agree with you on the quote by Martin Luther. But it is the only the masses have continued to believe

Comment was by Chris B on March 4, 2021 at 12:11am

That Martin Luther quote is terrifying!

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on March 3, 2021 at 11:32pm

I'm sure I could find loads of quotes on the stupidity of faith, but I just can't be asked. But let's take it as read. 

Stephen Brodie 

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 3, 2021 at 10:24pm

“You just gotta have faith”

No ... I do NOT.

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 3, 2021 at 10:20pm

Thomas Aquinas never had to deal with facts so utterly indisputable that his faith could be challenged and indeed eviscerated by them. Then again, there's been a lot of water under the bridge between his time and the 21st century.

Comment was by Mrs.B on March 3, 2021 at 10:20pm

What a crock.

 

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