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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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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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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

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

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The Top 30 Worst Places to Live in the United State

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Comment was by Loren Miller on April 19, 2021 at 8:13am

The truth is what the facts are.
-- Aron Ra

Sadly, with the advent of people like Kellyanne Conway and "alternative facts," we now have people who want to craft their own reality (or realities!), because they don't like the world as it is. Should we tell them that doesn't work so well? [smirk!]

Comment was by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 18, 2021 at 7:49pm

Good Ehrman quote, Loren!

Comment was by Loren Miller on April 18, 2021 at 8:07am

People almost always find what they're expecting to find if they allow their expectations to guide their search.
-- Bart Ehrman

Offhand, I'd say this one is self-explanatory!

Comment was by Chris B on April 18, 2021 at 12:21am

I remember that from bible class, GC! ;-D

Comment was by Mrs.B on April 17, 2021 at 2:20pm

Hahaha....

Comment was by Grinning Cat on April 17, 2021 at 2:14pm

"Some xians can't even get along with one another." ...

Instructor in a church membership class, pointing to one of a hundred or so branches of a chart tracing "Churches & Christian Movements Throughout History" from 1 AD: "So this is where our movement came along and finally got the Bible right." One of the people attending: "Jesus is so lucky to have us."

(Tom's Doubts #14 by Saji George; captions enlarged)

Comment was by Mrs.B on April 17, 2021 at 2:00pm

Some xians can't even get along with one another.

Comment was by Loren Miller on April 17, 2021 at 7:31am

Of all religions the Christian is without doubt the one which should inspire tolerance most, although up to now the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.
-- Voltaire

The problem here is that Christianity contradicts itself so badly that the tolerance Voltaire admires might as well be obviated by its insistence on "my way or the highway." Voltaire's observations regarding Christians, though, applies very well to the evangelical variety.

Comment was by Loren Miller on April 16, 2021 at 6:26am

Religious moderation is the product of secular knowledge and scriptural ignorance.
-- Sam Harris, The End of Faith

This is where the whole "religion of love / peace / whatever seems to come from, certainly in all three Abrahamic religions. It is also the product of the kinds of "bible study" which focus more on the likes of Matthew 5:9 and less on things like Luke 19:27.

Comment was by Mrs.B on April 15, 2021 at 3:04pm

Always pass the buck.

 

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