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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 Stephen Brodie on July 23, 2021 at 4:29am

“If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.”

E.M. Forster, What I believe and other essays.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on July 23, 2021 at 3:29am

I am way behind reading this string and I find it contains great jewels too precious to let go. I am weary, my granddaughter marries tomorrow and I will be busy, but I fully intend to come back. Good night, all. I am most grateful for each one of you.

Comment was by Chris B on July 23, 2021 at 2:51am

Joan, many people have trouble reading Shakespeare, because they know that there are meanings and jokes at different levels - he wrote for a diverse public. The most pleasant thing to do is read Shakespeare and enjoy the story, then the meanings and jokes can seep in at their leisure.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on July 23, 2021 at 2:45am

Loren, your Bertrand Russell quote, including, "The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience" rings so very true for me. A great quote!

Comment was by Joan Denoo on July 23, 2021 at 2:41am

Stephen, I generally do not read Shakespeare  because he is too complex for my simple mind. However, this little snippet you offered us speaks clearly to my mind and I am glad to attempt to read him because I haven't tried since 1954 and my last  high school English class. My goodness, that was 67 years go! Thanks. 

Comment was by Joan Denoo on July 23, 2021 at 2:32am

Loren, another strong statement, " It was during recovery from her (Ruth Hurmence Green's) first round of cancer treatments during the early 70s that Ruth, “a half-hearted Methodist” decided to read the Bible cover to cover. This project took two years and made her a confirmed atheist."

I have not read any of her works before, and will now! She write with Powerful Words.

~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Hurmence_Green

Comment was by Mrs.B on July 23, 2021 at 2:31am

Agreed. It's just a book, & I will not live my life according to a book.

Comment was by Mrs.B on July 23, 2021 at 2:30am

No, Joan, anything I've found doesn't seem to fit.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on July 23, 2021 at 2:20am

Loren Miller on July 13, 2021 at 6:10am you wrote: 

If you're going to dignify the claim that one of our books is not just a book, but in some sense an infallible document, it seems to me that you will always be held hostage to the contents of the book, and it just so happens that these books are engines of intolerance.
-- Sam Harris

WOW! That is a strong declarative statement of Sam Harris and I agree, "these books are engines of intolerance."

Comment was by Joan Denoo on July 23, 2021 at 2:17am

Mrs.B, I like your comment, "Prayers cannot correct what it couldn't prevent." I am interested in who Chuku Emeka is and could not find anything about him/her. Do you, or any of the readers of this post, have any information?

~ Chuku Emeka

 

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