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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 Terence Meaden on August 6, 2021 at 6:33am

Do please tell us where this was published, Loren.

We atheists know it to be true, but it needs to be very widely reported, so that the whole world gets reminded again and again and again.   

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

Countries with a high percentage of nonbelievers are among the freest, most stable, best-educated, and healthiest nations on earth. When nations are ranked according to a human-development index, which measures such factors as life expectancy, literacy rates, and educational attainment, the five highest-ranked countries -- Norway, Sweden, Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands -- all have high degrees of nonbelief. Of the fifty countries at the bottom of the index, all are intensely religious. The nations with the highest homicide rates tend to be more religious; those with the greatest levels of gender equality are the least religious. These associations say nothing about whether atheism leads to positive social indicators or the other way around. But the idea that atheists are somehow less moral, honest, or trustworthy have been disproven by study after study.
-- Greg Graffin

Yeah ... funny thing, that.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on August 5, 2021 at 4:15pm

If we believe in universal suffrage and I presume we all do, a High percentage of the electorate will be ill-educated and will make bad and ill-informed decisions. I'm not sure there is anything we can do about that in the short term. In the long term, we can improve the investment in our schools and education system. And we that are on the left in our respective country's can continue to campaign for a more equitable society. Oh yes and most importantly empower women economically and politically. And hope.

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 5, 2021 at 7:48am

The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate.
-- Thomas Jefferson

There's a problem with Jefferson's statement, though that problem didn't much exist back in his day. In the late 18th century, education was education, straightforward, trustworthy, and a known quantity. These days, we have Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Fox News indulging in "education" as much as we do Lester Holt, Nora O'Donnell, and the NBC and CBS News organizations, among other equally credible sources. Disinformation and mis-education right now threaten our democracy as much as Trump and the rabble from January 6th did, and that threat MUST be confronted.

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 4, 2021 at 1:03pm

And some of your governors demanding that our borders open!

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 4, 2021 at 6:17am

... when people on the right talk about “freedom” what they actually mean is closer to “defense of privilege” — specifically the right of certain people (generally white male Christians) to do whatever they want.
-- Paul Krugman, “‘Freedom,’ Florida and the Delta Variant Disaster”

Krugman hits the nail on the head here. Even as evangelical Christians struggle to maintain their privilege amidst the ongoing efforts by people like us to level the playing field, so white male Republicans are doing everything they can to hold onto their political positions and their perks as their influence fades. This effort has extended to the point of pursuing fascism, particularly since Trump came on the scene.

It's a damned dangerous time in the US right now and no time to be complacent.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on August 4, 2021 at 1:17am

Nice one Joan, succinct and to the point as usual.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2021 at 12:08am

Terry, it is wonderful to see your post! I hope all is well with you. 

I would reply to god, or allah, or whatever power that expects me to believe by faith alone, "I cannot think and act on such evidence. I deserve more!"

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on August 4, 2021 at 12:04am

"Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of sceptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatists to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake." He goes on to talk about a certain China teapot.

Bertrand Russell

Comment was by Terence Meaden on August 3, 2021 at 7:01pm

Very good Stephen, and I expect you know how Bertrand Russell responded if he found himself being asked by God a similar question:

He answered: "God. Why did you make it so difficult for me to believe in you?" 

 

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