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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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Comment was by Loren Miller on July 28, 2021 at 6:48am

No idea is above scrutiny and no people are beneath dignity.
-- Maajid Nawaz, Islam and the Future of Tolerance

This was a part of a film, documenting an ongoing discussion between Maajid Nawaz and Sam Harris. Having seen it (on Amazon Prime), I have only two words for you: SEE IT!!!

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 27, 2021 at 6:59am

You're a child made in the image of god? "Oh, no, you're not. You're a faggot, and you can't join your church and you can't go to heaven." This is disgraceful, it's inhuman, it's obscene, and it comes from a clutch of hysterical, sinister virgins who have already betrayed their charge in the children of their own church!
-- Christopher Hitchens

The above extract from the 2009 Intelligence Squared debate on the question, "Is the Catholic Church a force for good in the world?", one of the few times I've seen the Hitch actually ANGRY. I suspect at least part of that anger was in reaction to the friendship he held with his partner in that debate, Stephen Fry, who of course is gay. A later quote during the Q&A session of that same debate further expresses both his connection to Fry and his revulsion at representatives of the Church:

I say that homosexuality is not just a form of sex; it’s a form of love and it deserves our respect for that reason. ​In fact, when my children were young, I’d have been proud to have Stephen [Fry] as their babysitter and I’d tell them they were lucky. And if anyone came to my door as a babysitter wearing holy orders, I’d first call a cab and then the police.
-- Christopher Hitchens

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 26, 2021 at 6:42am

Since Jimmy Carter, religious fundamentalists play a major role in elections. He was the first president who made a point of exhibiting himself as a born again Christian. That sparked a little light in the minds of political campaign managers: Pretend to be a religious fanatic and you can pick up a third of the vote right away. Nobody asked whether Lyndon Johnson went to church every day. Bill Clinton is probably about as religious as I am, meaning zero, but his managers made a point of making sure that every Sunday morning he was in the Baptist church singing hymns.
-- Noam Chomsky

Jimmy Carter may have introduced the idea of a relationship between his personal religion and the voters he might attract, but it was Ronald Wilson Reagan who blatantly INVITED the Christian Reich to join him and the Republican party. That event, all by itself, constitutes one of the worst and most dangerous moments in American history.

Comment was by Mrs.B on July 25, 2021 at 1:37pm

I don't want to have faith, I want to know, as someone once said.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 25, 2021 at 7:25am

To me, the bottom line is honesty. A person with integrity doesn’t claim to know supernatural things that he or she cannot know. An honest person wants solid evidence to support assertions and is leery of baseless claims. Therefore, skeptics are the most honest of all.
-- Jim Haught

There may be some holes to be poked in the above in certain venues, but as regards religion, I think it works pretty well.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 25, 2021 at 7:23am

I suspect, Mrs. B, because they want simplistic answers to complex problems.

Comment was by Mrs.B on July 24, 2021 at 1:32pm

And....why are so many falling for it?

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 24, 2021 at 8:15am

To govern is to choose.
-- John F. Kennedy

And to choose, one must have viable, rational choices. Right now in American politics, we do not have that. What we have is a Democratic party which, while flawed and imperfect, is doing its best to present thought-out and sensible policies and choices, not just to Democrats but to all citizens. Meanwhile, the Republicans have unabashedly jumped the shark, based on the words and actions of ONE MAN, and that one man and his behavior continues to threaten the integrity of this nation and its government.

To choose the GOP now is to choose a death sentence.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 23, 2021 at 6:54am

Christian morality is the morality of slaves.
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Precisely. Virtually 100% of the bible suggests that humankind give up any sense of self-motivation in favor of Yahweh's skewed and inhuman form of morality, saying: "not my will but thine be done." This his priests insist on purely on the supposed say-so of a being that refuses in any way to evince itself. What's wrong with this picture?

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 23, 2021 at 6:46am

Dear Joan!  Your mind is many things, but "simple is NOT one of them!  That's one among multiple reasons why I am glad to have known you for the past 12 years!

 

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