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

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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

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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 October 23, 2021 at 6:21am

I dared, for the first and last time in my life, to express a theological conclusion: "But how can a necessary being exist totally polluted with the possible? What difference is there, then, between God and primogenial chaos? Isn't affirming God's absolute omnipotence and His absolute freedom with regard to His own choices tantamount to demonstrating that God does not exist?
-- Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

Umberto's thoughts here strike me as being a bit jumbled, but the fact remains: an omnipotent, omniscient god creating a reality that badly fails to reflect the kind of thoroughgoing thinking and organization which would accompany such powers is about as glaring a contradiction as I can imagine. The creation reflects badly on its creator ... but only IF that creator exists!

Comment was by Mrs.B on October 22, 2021 at 1:10pm

Agreed.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 22, 2021 at 7:03am

A college should be a safe space for thought, not a safe space from thought.
-- Salman Rushdie, Real Time with Bill Maher

As you might imagine, the above was in the context of the current spat of political correctness which has been in evidence on college campuses lately. Personally, I find it yet one more bit of support for my assertion that The World Is Not Safe.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on October 21, 2021 at 4:12pm

Nice one Loren  

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 21, 2021 at 2:49pm

Well, so long as we're on the topic of Omar Khayyam:

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on October 21, 2021 at 2:44pm

None of Khayyam's poetry was published in his lifetime because much of his work would have seemed anti-Islamic to the powers that be. Here's one of the more obvious ones.

The secrets which my book of love has bred,
Cannot be told for fear of loss of head;
Since none is fit to learn, or cares to know,
Tis better all my thoughts remain unsaid.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 21, 2021 at 1:55pm

What a shame, Stephen.  I'm not certain, but I think there is a copy of the Rubaiyat in my mom's library.  Will have to see about that.

Comment was by Mrs.B on October 21, 2021 at 1:22pm

Yes, he does.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on October 21, 2021 at 11:16am

Loren I was once given a beautifully bound copy of the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyám. I adored that particular English translation sadly I lost it in a fire at my Sisters flat.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 21, 2021 at 6:43am

He (the Rev. Mr. Whitefield) used, indeed, sometimes to pray for my conversion, but never had the satisfaction of believing that his prayers were heard.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Franklin may not have been a declared atheist, but he sure talked like one!

 

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