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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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George Carlin - On Why Our Species Is Failing (1992)

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A Quote of the Day from Loren Miller dated November 14, 2009

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Comment was by Terence Meaden on October 17, 2021 at 9:50am

Indeed, gods exist only in the imaginations of the human brain.

Er, well, of certain human brains, which means too many human brains. 

Feeble are those who have faith in the fables of the fabulists. 

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 17, 2021 at 8:59am

It is straightforward—and never mind, for now, about plagues and famines: if God existed, and if he cared for humankind, he would never have given us religion.
-- Martin Amis, The Second Plane: 14 Responses to September 11

Except that god DIDN'T give us religion. We gave it to ourselves, while god was sitting in the corner, not existing!

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on October 16, 2021 at 2:49pm

I always remember that quote Professor because it's so true 

Comment was by Mrs.B on October 16, 2021 at 2:48pm

I remember that one.

Comment was by Terence Meaden on October 16, 2021 at 2:45pm

And here's another top-class quotation about the use of reason:

"If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people." Gregory House. 2009.

Comment was by Mrs.B on October 16, 2021 at 1:10pm

Short, & right to the point.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on October 16, 2021 at 8:57am

How totally apt that quote by Thomas Paine is. Logic and reason just seem to pass through some people's heads without touching the sides.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 16, 2021 at 7:35am

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.
-- Thomas Paine

Paine had the marvelous habit of just about NEVER pulling ANY punches when he was writing about religion of any sort. He said what he meant and he didn't blink, and the above is a perfect example of that trait.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 15, 2021 at 7:59am

I am now convinced that children should not be subjected to the frightfulness of the Christian religion [...]. If the concept of a father who plots to have his own son put to death is presented to children as beautiful and as worthy of society's admiration, what types of human behavior can be presented to them as reprehensible?
— Ruth Hurmence Green, The Born Again Skeptic's Guide To The Bible

Considering the abusive, absentee-landlord god portrayed by the bible, that Yahweh would indeed torture his own son really should be no surprise at all. It just follows a continuing pattern!

Comment was by Grinning Cat on October 15, 2021 at 3:58am

There’s a gap in my education; I haven’t yet seen Religulous (except for the closing message below).

It’s not fair or honest to assume that all or most of the (at least) thousands of religions on this earth aspire to the sorts of deadly end-times fantasies Maher points out in Christianity or Islam, or even that they all posit afterlives that devalue this one real life. But any theistic religion “makes a virtue out of not thinking”, of accepting GodSaidSo or at least the pronouncements of the purported invisible overlord’s / overlords’ duly appointed representatives in their duly appointed silly hats, or of some super-special ancient (or not) collection of writings that believers Just Know has more authority than other super-special ancient (or not) collections of writings, or of certain thoughts or voices in your head.

Still nowhere near as good a “toolkit” for humanity surviving and thriving as good old god-given absolutely natural reason and empathy.

 

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