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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

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Sam Harris - First Rebuttal Against William Lane Craig

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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 Joan Denoo on April 13, 2021 at 1:17am

"Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love."

~ Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Comment was by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 13, 2021 at 12:46am
Lies find fertile ground in the minds of people whose moral beliefs are indefensible.

Amanda Marcotte

Comment was by Loren Miller on April 12, 2021 at 5:40am

Adam Savage's appearance at the 2012 Reason Rally was, to me, among the genuine highlights of that event, with the pinnacle being the above statement. WE – you and I – are the ones looking out for ourselves and each other, noting and correcting our own mistakes and helping others where we can. We HAVE to be ... because there is No One Else To Do It.

Comment was by Chris B on April 12, 2021 at 12:17am

So they are totally unable to get a true general picture of their subject..

Comment was by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 11, 2021 at 11:23pm

Some people organize their sense of themselves and the world by thorough compartmentalization. Personally I need to be integrated to feel authentic and grounded. I'm kind of a distant hands-off stepmother to a Ph.D. in astrophysics who is seriously traditionally religious.

Comment was by Mrs.B on April 11, 2021 at 1:59pm

Puzzling, for sure.

Comment was by Loren Miller on April 11, 2021 at 8:23am

I want to put on the table, not why 85% of the members of the National Academy of Sciences reject God, I want to know why 15% of the National Academy don’t.
-- Neil deGrasse Tyson

I'm right with you, Neil.  Why should someone whose life is dedicated to fact and evidence subscribe to a system of beliefs that have NEITHER?

Comment was by Grinning Cat on April 11, 2021 at 6:45am

Homophobia/biphobia, transphobia, racism, and sexism are tied into the "I'm OK, you're not OK" (or "I'm OK, I guess you're OK, but they're not!" of dominator culture.

Dominator culture teaches all of us that the core of our identity is defined by the will to dominate and control others. We are taught that this will to dominate is more biologically hardwired in males than in females. In actuality, dominator culture teaches us that we are all natural-born killers but that males are more able to realize the predator role. In the dominator model the pursuit of external power, the ability to manipulate and control others, is what matters most. When culture is based on a dominator model, not only will it be violent but it will frame all relationships as power struggles.
--bell hooks

Comment was by Joan Denoo on April 10, 2021 at 4:25pm

Homophobic, racist, sexist, supremacists.

Comment was by Davy on April 10, 2021 at 1:24pm

I understand this
The crack about the "Apache transvestite" is due to that Homophobics also trend towards being  "racial supremacists."

 

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