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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 Stephen Brodie on August 3, 2021 at 4:59pm

Apostate Prophet

Apostate Prophet

If I die, and Islam turns out to be true, and I stand before Allah, I will say to him: "You decreed my life and afterlife long before you created me, and then you created me this way and designed my personality and my capabilities. On top of that, you have somehow decided not to guide me. But now you want to punish me because I did not believe in you? I'm sorry to break it to you but that makes no sense, you idiot." In other words, it will never happen.

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 3, 2021 at 1:13pm

Another one of ''those'' words.....

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 3, 2021 at 5:47am

The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas – uncertainty, progress, change – into crimes.
--Salman Rushdie

And it does so by making ITS faith mandatory and a prerequisite for admission into its afterlife theme park. That isn't just "conservative;" it's coercive ... and no, I'm not having any of it.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on August 2, 2021 at 2:16pm

 Loren not only do I sing without god I sing better songs as well.

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 2, 2021 at 1:12pm

I'd say.

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 2, 2021 at 6:50am

"Without the gods, how would I sing?" I asked.
"With your own voice," he said.

— Erica Jong, Sappho's Leap

And that will work just fine, it seems to me.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2021 at 2:15pm

and I want to point out his sexist, racist proclivities. 

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 1, 2021 at 2:04pm

Oh, we know Yahweh is malevolent, Joan.  Dawkins covered that very well in one sentence.  I think what Allen and I wanted to point out here is that he's simply not all that smart or clue-full.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2021 at 12:26pm

Loren, you and Dawkins have it right on target! I would add

rapist, 

murderer, 

racist,

destroyer, list only a few!

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 1, 2021 at 7:19am

If it turns out that there is a God, I don’t think that he’s evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he’s an underachiever.
-- Woody Allen

I think it's a LOT worse than that, Woody. Among the adjectives Richard Dawkins did NOT include in that famous sentence of his, I would add:

  • Inept
  • Bumbling
  • Frequently Clueless
  • Lacking in Empathy

And that's just off the top of my head. Give me time, and I'm sure I could come up with LOTS more.

 

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