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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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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

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 16. 1 Reply

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

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Comment was by Mrs.B on Monday

So much is still so backward.

Comment was by Grinning Cat on Monday

"I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions... But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."

--Thomas Jefferson

(As appropriate regarding religion as other things!)

Comment was by Grinning Cat on Monday

That bastard [Yahweh] would need to understand the suffering he created and experience it himself. That might start to balance the scales ...
-- Loren Miller

I had fun a few years ago telling a street evangelist (going on about sinful, unworthy people, how we should be begging forgiveness from God, yadda yadda) that if his God existed, then HE would need to be down on his knees begging forgiveness from us humans for all the atrocities he committed or allowed, and he'd need to be making things right. (You'd think all those resurrections, and complete physical and mental healings, should be trivial for an omnipotent deity.)

Yes, that was very definitely more for onlookers' benefit than for the evangelist's.

And that reminds me of Harold Kushner's When Bad Things Happen to Good People, where a rabbi tells of coming to believe, in the face of personal tragedy, in an unorthodox, very limited invisible friend who can't control and fix everything, who's as saddened and outraged as we are when bad things happen. That's much more moral than positing an omni­every­god­damned­thing idiot and/or asshole.

Comment was by Loren Miller on Monday

Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
-- Elie Wiesel

Very well said and largely self-explanatory.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on Sunday

I'm not sure Santayana ever totally gave his Catholicism.

But thanks  Loren  you made me remember I have a Kindle edition of Spinoza: A life by Steven Nadler. Time for a Re-Read me thinks.

Comment was by Loren Miller on Sunday

My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.
-- George Santayana, Soliloquies in England & Later Soliloquies (1922)

Must confess, I was a bit surprised to see Santayana out as a freethinker of some stripe. Whether agnostic, atheist, or something else, it was refreshing to discover, as were his thoughts on the subject.

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 1, 2021 at 7:45am

So we follow God's own fool,
For only the foolish can tell.
Believe the unbelievable,
And come be a fool as well.

-- Michael Card, "God's Own Fool"

Hard to believe, but here is a Christian lyricist who actually ADMITS that you have to be a fool to believe the unbelievable. Well, sorry (not sorry), Michael ... but my mom didn't raise a fool.

Comment was by Loren Miller on April 30, 2021 at 8:24am

We owe a huge debt to Galileo for emancipating us all from the stupid belief in an Earth-centered or man-centered (let alone God-centered) system. He quite literally taught us our place and allowed us to go on to make extraordinary advances in knowledge.
-- Christopher Hitchens

We also owe a similar debt to Hitchens himself ... and to Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Aron Ra, Seth Andrews, Matt Dillahunty, and many other people who had the cojones to speak out post-9/11 and call out religion on its bullshit. Going public with assertions like theirs has helped religion start its downward slide toward irrelevance and (I hope) eventual disconnection from mainstream society.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2021 at 8:15pm

Mrs. B., you are pulling on the right side of the rope: 

"it's great to work at our ideal world."

Comment was by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2021 at 8:11pm

Loren, I like this one, too:

"Take from the church the miraculous, the supernatural, the incomprehensible, the unreasonable, the impossible, the unknowable, the absurd, and nothing but a vacuum remains.
-- Robert G. Ingersoll"

 

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