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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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New Rule: The Slow-Moving Coup – Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Oct 9. 1 Reply

If Trump’s coup attempt goes unpunished, it will be considered a training exercise. --…Continue

Tags: insurrection, sedition, coup, Donald Trump, Real Time

Brandi Carlile almost dies -- 7/30/21 (Delanceyplace.com)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Stephen Brodie Aug 8. 7 Replies

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

Tags: Jesus, coma, Baptist, Catholic, meningitis

Culture and Cooperation in Human Evolution

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Davy Jun 20. 1 Reply

The Australian Western Desert and the High Arctic could hardly be less alike, and both differ sharply from the rainforests of the Congo basin. Even so, in crucial ways, their social lives are…Continue

Christopher Hitchens – "The Only Conversation Worth Having"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Jun 8. 3 Replies

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

Tags: debate, the only conversation worth having, poisoned chalice, William Dembski, Christopher Hitchens

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Comment was by Loren Miller on August 29, 2021 at 8:32am

He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave.
-- William Drummond

And boy-howdy, the number of unreasoning fools that are showing up in the news lately – particularly the ones the refuse to be vaccinated and claim that wearing masks is an infringement on their freedom – just seem to be growing by leaps and bounds.

Problem is: I suspect that, a bit downstream, that number will start to decline more than a little. Wonder why...

Comment was by Joan Denoo on August 29, 2021 at 12:53am

I am a great admirer of Hector Avalos! He doesn't mince words and writes clearly and plainly. 

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 28, 2021 at 7:47am

By Hays' reasoning, penetrating a rectum with a penis is a violation of how God meant humans to function. However, penetrating a human body with a sword, a common way to kill people in biblical times, is acceptable. Apparently human bodies were designed to be penetrated by metal implements, but not by flesh.
-- Hector Avalos

Seems as though Yahweh is both a homophobe and a violence junkie. Big surprise, right? [smh]

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 27, 2021 at 6:54am

This to me is the true horror of religion: it allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions what only lunatics could believe on their own.
-- Sam Harris

The world created in six days? A flood that encompasses the entire planet? A man that gains strength, based on the length of his hair? SERIOUSLY??? These are but a few of the absurd and (to us) utterly unbelievable assertions made by the bible and embraced by its believers ... and Harris has this insanity by the short hairs.

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 26, 2021 at 7:42am

Science seeks the truth. And it does not discriminate. For better or worse it finds things out. Science is humble. It knows what it knows and it knows what it doesn’t know. It bases its conclusions and beliefs on hard evidence -­- evidence that is constantly updated and upgraded. It doesn’t get offended when new facts come along. It embraces the body of knowledge. It doesn’t hold on to medieval practices because they are tradition.
-- Ricky Gervais

Well put, Ricky.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on August 26, 2021 at 12:00am

I think this captures why our recent leaders in both the US and UK are the most inane in both our country's history.

“The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.
To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.
To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

 Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on August 25, 2021 at 11:52pm

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on August 25, 2021 at 11:29pm

Yes Loren I agree TheraminTrees has made some really interesting videos with often a different take on Theism.

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 25, 2021 at 1:08pm

Good one.

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 25, 2021 at 7:07am

I have long admired YouTube producer TheraminTrees for his well researched videos on various topics relating to atheism.  It isn't often when his wisdom can be refined down to a few words, but in this case, this one simple statement gives expression to an essential truism.

 

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