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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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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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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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Comment was by Joan Denoo on July 23, 2021 at 2:05am

Loren, I agree, 

Something which does not exist cannot help us, but chronic dependence on something which fails to exist does active harm to all of us.

Loren Miller

Comment was by Joan Denoo on July 23, 2021 at 2:01am

Loren, "Faith doesn't care whether something is actually TRUE or not." That is exactly why faith is not a valid or a sufficient means for making decisions.l 

Comment was by Joan Denoo on July 23, 2021 at 1:58am

Grinning Cat, I love your comment about women and choice and the flowchart! Thanks!

Comment was by Mrs.B on July 22, 2021 at 6:14pm

I liked it. To the point.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 22, 2021 at 6:08pm

Most excellent, Mrs. B!

Comment was by Mrs.B on July 22, 2021 at 4:58pm

Comment was by Mrs.B on July 22, 2021 at 1:44pm

Very true, Loren.

Comment was by Chris B on July 22, 2021 at 6:30am

It's a memorable one, Loren, so forget about tooting.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 22, 2021 at 6:04am

Something which does not exist cannot help us, but chronic dependence on something which fails to exist does active harm to all of us.
-- me

I wrote the above as a part of a blog entry on Atheist Nexus back in 2010, and at the risk of tooting my own horn, I think it's an important statement regarding the real danger that can ensue when lives become based on unreality. Frankly, I feel yet another blog entry, commenting on that, may be in the works and shortly.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 21, 2021 at 6:48am

Write the name of Charles Darwin on the one hand and the name of every theologian who ever lived on the other, and from that name has come more light to the world than from all of those.
-- Robert G. Ingersoll

Seems to me there are multiple names that qualify along with Darwin, names like Galileo, Newton, and Faraday come to mind ... but then anyone who has used science to advance human understanding of the world is in good company with old Charles.

 

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