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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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Comment was by Stephen Brodie on March 3, 2021 at 10:18pm

Dumb ass answers as to why Christians believe.

“God only knows”
“God has his reasons”
“God works in strange and mysterious ways”
“We can't know the ways of God”
“You just gotta have faith”

Neal Stone=ExChristian.Net

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on March 3, 2021 at 10:06pm

“I have great faith in fools - self-confidence my friends will call it.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on March 3, 2021 at 9:59pm

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” — Thomas Aquinas.

That's bloody ridiculous -- Stephen Brodie

Comment was by Terence Meaden on March 3, 2021 at 9:35pm

Martin Luther on the need to destroy intelligence:

"There is on earth among all dangers no more dangerous thing than a richly endowed and adroit reason … Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed. Faith must trample underfoot all reason, sense, and understanding, and whatever it sees must be put out of sight and … know nothing but the word of God.” Martin Luther. 1483-1546.

Comment was by Grinning Cat on March 3, 2021 at 10:07am

Loren, Mark Twain had a few words about intelligence and skill being completely unrewarded and ignored in the paradoxical Christian heaven which people invented for themselves.

Joan, "hear, hear!" to Sonya Renee Taylor and Kitty O'Meara's sentiments!

Davy, we might need to consciously reinvent the "given" of "human nature" in order to have that "society without leaders" be a free, thriving partnership system where the power that's sought and valued is not "power over" others, but "power with" and "power to".

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 3, 2021 at 9:18am

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the gospels in praise of intelligence.
-- Bertrand Russell

Could that be because intelligence, free inquiry, and skepticism are the bane of systems which depend on faith, which decry and abjure investigation into their foundations? Sounds likely to me!

Comment was by Davy on March 2, 2021 at 1:26pm

I concur with what you say Loren.

I like what Sonya expressed and the stitching of that new garment begins with the very structure of all societies to-day which is based on Inequality that creates tensions within it, with this pandemic is highlighting the flaws within but no-one and I mean no-one is taking any real notice because of the 10,000 year brain washing that has been perpetuated throughout all those years. It basically states there is only one viable structure of Society and those that are perpetuating it are those that on the top of the pecking order.
hypothetical
Just say we are back still in the days when technology was relative low and our people sent a ship out to see what they could see and upon the their return they read in the captains journal that they had found another society of people but they don't have leaders.
How would you politically call that society?
I await your answer.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on March 2, 2021 at 12:41pm

Onyango. Many of the friends of Boris and his cabinet have become enormously richer through getting contracts during the pandemic. The normal rules for outsourcing contracts have been suspended for the duration. Many of the contracts were for consultancy and entailed no outlay. 

Comment was by Onyango Makagutu on March 2, 2021 at 7:16am

Joan, I think I agree with Sonya Taylor. But I am afraid that opportunity flew away long ago. Many people have become rich off covid when majority were losing jobs and livelihoods.

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 2, 2021 at 6:53am

The concept of normalcy is a PERSONAL concept. The more one attempts to generalize "normal" to the population at large, the less it applies.
-- me

This is an idea I came up with a long time ago: that each of us has our own natural base state, and that any effort to globalize even some elements of that state can result in problems and even conflicts. Yet this is what religion does, time and time again, too often with contentious results.

 

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