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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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Comment was by Loren Miller on June 11, 2021 at 7:46am

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

Dreams ... or nightmares?

Comment was by Mrs.B on June 10, 2021 at 3:45pm

I had to go until I finally told mother I was done, & not going any more at age 17.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on June 10, 2021 at 3:29pm

My parents didn't make me go to church but my school did. My RE teacher eventually gave up on me after a couple of terms, he must have thought that this bloody kid wasn't worth the bother.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 10, 2021 at 5:56am

Whenever I get an email from some kid, asking: “What should I do? My parents are making me go to church every Sunday, but I don't believe that stuff anymore!”, my answer to them is: “Go! Go and ask LOTS of questions. Chances are they'll stop making you go.”
-- Matt Dillahunty

Seems to me that would depend a LOT of the family and the general social and religious environment. With SOME situation, said kid could be bringing a world of hurt down onto his shoulders, and that is never good. The whole issue of coming out and asserting one's atheism is very PERSONAL and should be treated as such.

Comment was by Mrs.B on June 9, 2021 at 6:16pm

No, & very unlikely in the future too.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 9, 2021 at 5:51pm

Sadly, Mrs. B, that never seems to have been a part of the average evangelical's skill set.

Comment was by Mrs.B on June 9, 2021 at 1:30pm

Which is where minding one's own business should be in the mix.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 9, 2021 at 6:11am

I have my beliefs, you have your beliefs, but don't use the machinery of government to impose them on others.
-- New Jersey Assemblyman John Burzichelli

Absolutely. No further discussion warranted, I think.

Comment was by Mrs.B on June 8, 2021 at 1:21pm

As a kid, I always wondered why it wasn't all one religion.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 8, 2021 at 8:59am

I have met some highly intelligent believers, but history has no record to say that [s]he knew or understood the mind of god. Yet this is precisely the qualification which the godly must claim—so modestly and so humbly—to possess. It is time to withdraw our 'respect' from such fantastic claims, all of them aimed at the exertion of power over other humans in the real and material world.
-- Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

The soi-disant "mind of god" must be catastrophically variable, considering the thousands of different schools of thought regarding who this being is and what it thinks is important and what isn't. One would think that a coherent revelation by such a deity would result in ONE revelation and ONE religion.

Clearly NOT the case.

 

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