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"Very weird, that."
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Ian Mason commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
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Mrs.B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"I don't know what I am, other than bored to tears with political things."
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Stephen Brodie commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"I'm a republican(Anti-Monarchist) an Atheist and a socialist, so I have been called all sorts…"
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Mrs.B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Oh yeah, playing that will make such a difference!!!....gimmee a break. We get accused of not being…"
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Mrs.B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"The stuff to make a person feel so proud....[sarcasm]...."
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"Ain't they just! I don't think I've ever seen such a corrupt and bullying government…"
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"Great lot there, huh?"
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Stephen Brodie commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Wow. The shocking moment a Tory MP accuses the government of blackmail"
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Mrs.B commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion
"Those plans can be shoved up where the sun don't shine."
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Stephen Brodie commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion
"But he has a plan for us. Anyone who uses that excuse should be kicked up the arse. And then be…"
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Mrs.B commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion
"Exactly.....not to mention allowing birth defects too."
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Mrs.B commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
"Forever is a looooooong time to wait...."
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"a beauty!"
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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)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Stephen Brodie 23 hours ago. 3 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

Tags: humanity, human, well-being, George Carlin

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

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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

Tags: Jesus, coma, Baptist, Catholic, meningitis

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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.

Comment was by Mrs.B on November 24, 2021 at 1:27pm

Not to mention causing enormous issues.

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 24, 2021 at 9:27am

If the ignorance of nature gave birth to such a variety of gods, the knowledge of this nature is calculated to destroy them.
— Paul-Henri Thiry, System of Nature

I just wish it would get going and indeed, destroy ALL those gods ... because all they're doing is getting in our way!

Comment was by Chris B on November 24, 2021 at 12:05am

And when you're at it, can we change 'man' to 'person'? I'd feel less excluded.

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 23, 2021 at 10:12am

A scientist is a man who changes his beliefs according to reality, a theist is a man who changes reality to match his beliefs.
-- Volker Braun, 1998

Yup ... pretty much, though I would say, "ATTEMPTS to change reality." I've yet to see the situation where reality changes to suit someone's beliefs!

Comment was by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 22, 2021 at 11:19pm

Excellent Sam Harris quote, thanks Loren.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on November 22, 2021 at 9:06pm

I really loved Paul Simon's music before I saw them at the Royal Albert Hall in the 70s but what blew me away was Art Garfunkels voice 

Comment was by Loren Miller on November 22, 2021 at 4:44pm

Among the very best things Paul Simon ever wrote, IMHO.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on November 22, 2021 at 1:26pm

Sound of silence 

Last verse 

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, "The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence"

Paul Simon 

 

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