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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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Brandi Carlile almost dies -- 7/30/21 (Delanceyplace.com)

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To be honest, I have NO idea who Brandi Carlile is (though I suppose I could Google her), but the following brief story of her illness, coma, and recovery are pretty striking. As my friends from…Continue

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Culture and Cooperation in Human Evolution

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The Australian Western Desert and the High Arctic could hardly be less alike, and both differ sharply from the rainforests of the Congo basin. Even so, in crucial ways, their social lives are…Continue

Christopher Hitchens – "The Only Conversation Worth Having"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Jun 8. 3 Replies

There may be no one whose words in favor of freedom of thought and in opposition to the mind-binding effect of religious belief were quite so powerful as those of Christopher Hitchens.  His repeated…Continue

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WAR is a racket.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 27. 7 Replies

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 Mrs.B on May 15, 2021 at 1:16pm

Ongoing nightmares.

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 15, 2021 at 8:09am

It is said that men may not be the dreams of the god, but rather that the gods are the dreams of men.
— Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Hmph ... dreams or nightmares?

Comment was by Mrs.B on May 14, 2021 at 1:58pm

Exactly.

Comment was by Chris B on May 14, 2021 at 11:01am

Yes, all three at the same time, and quite effectively..

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 14, 2021 at 7:35am

Religion does three things quite effectively: Divides people, Controls people, Deludes people.
-- Carlespie Mary Alice McKinney

Perhaps not quite in that order, but yup ... on the nose.

Comment was by Mrs.B on May 13, 2021 at 1:26pm

Yes, own up.

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 13, 2021 at 7:41am

You don't get to advertise all the good that your religion does without first scrupulously subtracting all the harm it does and considering seriously the question of whether some other religion, or no religion at all, does better.
-- Daniel C. Dennett

Stephen Fry said something very much along these same lines, and I think he and Dr. Dennett make a very cogent point: your religion doesn't get to boast about all the good done in its name unless it has the guts to admit to the shortfalls, the mistakes, and the outright crimes it has committed.

Comment was by Mrs.B on May 12, 2021 at 1:16pm

Bullseye there.

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 12, 2021 at 6:48am

Pretending to know things that you do not know, is a profound liability in science. You get punished for this rather quickly. But … PRETENDING to know things that you do not know is the lifeblood of faith based religion.
-- Sam Harris

I can't help but notice that religion is the ONLY field of study where faith is an essential component. Everywhere else, you either show your work or you're out on your ear. Says a lot about the insubstantial nature of deity-worshiping, doesn't it?

Comment was by Mrs.B on May 11, 2021 at 1:16pm

Yup.

 

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