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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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Christopher Hitchens – "The Only Conversation Worth Having"

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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.

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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

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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Comment was by Mrs.B on May 19, 2021 at 5:31pm

We still have it on the books here, but many petitions have gone out to get rid of it. I haven't heard of it being enforced in recent decades so why it's still there is beyond me.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on May 19, 2021 at 5:28pm

Blasfemurs United!, Mrs. B 

Comment was by Mrs.B on May 19, 2021 at 1:22pm

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 19, 2021 at 8:23am

This crime called blasphemy was invented by priests for the purpose of defending doctrines not able to take care of themselves.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

This is one of the slickest dodges ever created by religion. They are unable to defend some of the more outrageous claims and stories they have as a part of their dogma, so they attempt to make investigation or counterclaims on them into crimes for which the penalty can be up to and including death! What is even more horrific is that some such laws are still on the books in some places.

As it comes to that, I am genuinely proud to call myself a blasphemer!

Comment was by Onyango Makagutu on May 19, 2021 at 2:33am

Joan, that's a wonderful talk. Thanks for sharing

Comment was by Mrs.B on May 18, 2021 at 2:05pm

“True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge, but the refusal to acquire it”...............Karl Popper.

Comment was by Mrs.B on May 18, 2021 at 1:28pm

Exactly.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on May 18, 2021 at 12:06pm

'I'm a born-again atheist'

Gore Vidal

"In the First Amendment to the Constitution, the Founders made it clear that this was not to be a sky-god nation with a national religion like that of England, from whom we had just separated. It is curious how little understood this amendment is--yes, everyone has a right to worship any god he chooses but he does not have the right to impose his beliefs on others who do not happen to share in his superstitions and taboos."

 Gore Vidal

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 18, 2021 at 6:03am

Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin; the victim can't help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

Since we were on the subject of stupidity, I decided to cite the above (VERY good quote, Mrs.B!). I have to wonder if it is possible to study those who are purposefully stupid, who chose NOT to be well-informed or persist in holding beliefs which are demonstrably wrong. I think we may have to. In a world which increasingly relies on knowledge, understanding, logic, and reason, those who reject those qualities may or may not fall victim to Heinlein's proposed consequences, depending on the circumstances. The fact remains that the rest of society cannot afford their presence or their ignorance much longer.

Comment was by Chris B on May 18, 2021 at 2:04am

A good one, Patricia!

 

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