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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)

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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

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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

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The Top 30 Worst Places to Live in the United State

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Loren, have you seen this article? The Top 30 Worst Places to Live in…Continue

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 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.

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!

 

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