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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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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 Stephen Brodie on October 12, 2021 at 11:24pm

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on October 12, 2021 at 8:43am

You're right Loren that's some mouthful but totally understandable 

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 12, 2021 at 6:49am

Morality is an “emergent property” of evolution. Seeing that all humans are largely the same in the major particulars of brain and mind — which includes our ability to develop a conscience — it’s no surprise that the same (or similar) moral sensibilities and attributes would emerge across the globe, even for communities that don’t know each other.

Here’s a plain fact: No theist who has ever lived — yeah, I’m about to make a huge claim — has been able to show a super-natural essence (deliberate hyphen for emphasis) of moral behavior that inextricably leads back or can be traced to some Celestial Being, who, as believers contend, is said to be a Moral Lawgiver. Sorry, but there is zero evidence that a Celestial Moral Lawgiver squirts or injects morality into human beings. I use “crude” language here — squirts, injects — only to dramatically underscore the ridiculousness of the theist’s view: the belief that humans are only moral creatures because we’ve been somehow given our sense of morality by an outside (and unseen) source. An objective source, one might say.

-- Barry Lyons

Mr. Lyons says a mouthful here, but he is essentially correct on all points. Morality did indeed emerge, not just in Homo sapiens but other species as well when we and others realized that we couldn't survive a hostile, indifferent world on our own, that cooperation within the group allowed the whole to not just survive but thrive. In addition, the issue of some deity being responsible for that emergence remains unproven and unprovable.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 11, 2021 at 6:52am

The above is from Richard Bach's book, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, and I think the quote is pretty on-point, even if the book itself indulges in more than a little woo-woo. If someone thinks they are limited in some manner, they will probably find a way to make that so. If they DON'T think they're limited, there may still be limits, but they are less likely to be self-imposed.

Comment was by Mrs.B on October 10, 2021 at 1:47pm

I miss him.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 10, 2021 at 9:05am

Religion is like drugs, it destroys the thinking mind.
-- George Carlin

I believe you got it in one, George.

Comment was by Mrs.B on October 9, 2021 at 3:10pm

Sure glad I'm not from the US.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 9, 2021 at 7:44am

... even if they [Democrats in 2024] win, Trump won't accept it, but this time, his claims of illegal voting by immigrants or mail-in ballots coming in after the deadline or the system was hacked by Venezuela or whatever Giuliani comes up with on the fly – they will be fully embraced by the stooges he is installing right now.
-- Bill Maher, Real Time with Bill Maher

The picture Bill Maher of the time between now and the 2024 presidential election is by no means a pretty one. It is a reflection of Trump's lust for power and control and his determination to reclaim the White House. I urge you to listen to Maher's full "New Rule" here, because this is some serious shit he's talking about ... and he's been right about Trump far more than he's been wrong.

Comment was by Mrs.B on October 8, 2021 at 1:16pm

Totally phony.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on October 8, 2021 at 10:33am

Yeah Loren quite a dichotomy between the supposed powers of their god and its fragility to criticism 

 

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