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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 Joan Denoo on March 10, 2021 at 2:30pm

Loren, excellent quote by Buckle. I never heard of him. Here is another of his:


“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”
― Henry Thomas Buckle

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 10, 2021 at 7:46am

That the system of morals propounded in the New Testament contained no maxim which had not been previously enunciated, and that some of the most beautiful passages in the apostolic writings are quotations from Pagan authors, is well known to every scholar.... To assert that Christianity communicated to man moral truths previously unknown, argues on the part of the asserted either gross ignorance or wilful fraud.
-- Thomas Henry Buckle

Hear-hear!

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on March 9, 2021 at 7:34pm

One of my history teachers from secondary school(college) would jokingly claim that most of the leaders of the American revolution were all born Englishmen.

I meant to say He, Paine and Franklin.

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 9, 2021 at 5:37pm

So you like Jefferson you want him to be cloned, so he can be two-thirds of the triumvirate? [grin]  We could throw in Adams ... perhaps Madison.  A couple pretty clear thinkers there.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on March 9, 2021 at 5:11pm

It would be quite hard to fault Jefferson on much of his thinking. He, Thomas Paine and Jefferson Franklin a great triumvirate.

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 9, 2021 at 5:57am

When once we quit the basis of sensation, all is in the wind. To talk of immaterial existences is to talk of nothings. To say that the human soul, angels, god, are immaterial, is to say they are nothings, or that there is no god, no angels, no soul. I cannot reason otherwise: but I believe I am supported in my creed of materialism by Locke, Tracy, and Stewart.
-- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, from Monticello, 15 August 1820

Jefferson nails it here, observing the insubstantiality of some of the foundational suppositions of religion. He may never have come out and said he was an atheist, but this quote all but screams it.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2021 at 11:36pm

"The way to a MAGA voter’s heart is through his chafed and irritated asshole, not his brain or pocketbook. All you have to do is shout something about forcing Mexico to pay for a racist wall you’ll never actually build and racists will believe any fucking thing you say, no matter how absurd it is."

Aldous J Pennyfarthing, Daily Koz, "difference between Biden's American Rescue Plan and the Trump tax scamMonday, March 08, 2021

Comment was by Mrs.B on March 8, 2021 at 1:55pm

Yep, anything goes....

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 8, 2021 at 7:29am

Wherever morality is based on theology, wherever the right is made dependent on divine authority, the most immoral, unjust, infamous things can be justified and established.
-- Ludwig Feuerbach

For anyone who knows the bible even casually, the truth of the above statement is self-evident.

Comment was by Chris B on March 8, 2021 at 2:03am

and observe...

 

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