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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 2 hours ago. 2 Replies

Besides being a brilliant comedian and practiced public ranter, George Carlin was a adept student of humans and humanity – likely among the reasons why he was so accomplished at those first two…Continue

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

Started by Terence Meaden. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 18, 2021. 9 Replies

Loren Miller: “We live now in the age of science, methodology and logic, where rational thought is slowly but surely displacing superstition as the primary means of evaluating our reality, how it…Continue

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

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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Stephen Brodie Aug 8, 2021. 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

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Comment was by Mrs.B on November 28, 2021 at 2:17pm

Good to see you, Joan.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on November 28, 2021 at 2:13pm

Thanks, Dan Baker, for your wisdom! And thanks, Loren, for your post.

"The agnostic says, 'I don't have a knowledge that God exists.' 

"The atheist says, 'I don't have a belief that God exists.'"

These words simply state the obvious, categorically, concretely, correctly, exactly, precisely, and  specifically.  We can make these statements without being defensive or apologetic.

The obvious next question remains, the how, why, what empowered the change? Perhaps it is as simple as thinking critically. 

Comment was by Mrs.B on November 28, 2021 at 1:55pm

And a good author.

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 28, 2021 at 8:03am

People are invariably surprised to hear me say I am both an atheist and an agnostic, as if this somehow weakens my certainty. I usually reply with a question like, 'Well, are you a Republican or an American?' The two words serve different concepts and are not mutually exclusive. Agnosticism addresses knowledge; atheism addresses belief. The agnostic says, 'I don't have a knowledge that God exists.' The atheist says, 'I don't have a belief that God exists.' You can say both things at the same time. Some agnostics are atheistic and some are theistic.
-- Dan Barker, Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists

And Dan Barker isn't just a brilliant spokesman for atheists and agnostics. He's also a jazz pianist of no small accomplishment ... and a pretty nice guy, too!

Comment was by Mrs.B on November 27, 2021 at 1:42pm

Great quote, yours too, Loren.

Comment was by Terence Meaden on November 27, 2021 at 10:06am

Wonderfully expressed, both the original and Loren's comment.

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 27, 2021 at 8:23am

The day you stop looking because you’re content that god did it, I don’t need you in the lab. You are useless on the frontier of understanding the nature of the world.
-- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Those who say: "goddidit" act as though that's the only answer anyone needs. We live with the benefits science brings to us because of people who DIDN'T think they had all the answers and continue to think so.

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 26, 2021 at 7:02am

In this moment, I am euphoric. Not because of any phony god's blessings. But because, I am enlightened by my intelligence.
-- A.A. Lewis

What a wonderful way to be: celebrating intelligence rather than group-reinforced ignorance!

Comment was by Mrs.B on November 25, 2021 at 1:20pm

Exactly.

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 25, 2021 at 6:35am

If I could change just one thing, it would be to dissociate the idea of faith from virtue—now and for good—and to expose it for what it is: a servile weakness, a refuge in cowardice, and a willingness to follow, with credulity, people who are in the highest degree unscrupulous.
-- Christopher Hitchens

The words may not exist to express my utter and total agreement with Hitchens' statement above. Faith isn't just overrated; it is an invitation to believe ANYTHING on the say-so of any supposed "authority." Faith encourages unreality and delusion and should be resisted and opposed, full stop.

 

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