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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.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 3 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)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Oct 9, 2021. 1 Reply

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 December 4, 2021 at 7:47pm

Yes, Terry, I remember your speaking of it back in the Nexus days. Obviously you're doing well after so many years. Gawds/jeezuzez/clergy need not apply to ''help'' us out.

Comment was by Terence Meaden on December 4, 2021 at 7:35pm

Well done Mrs B. It shows how the power of non-prayer combined with excellent medical attention can overcome such problems and save lives.

It is the same with me. I have had prostate cancer since 2008 but after splendid medical treatment, metastasis is being held at bay, and the cancer has not [so far] been spreading. The thought of 'not praying' about it is reassuring too.

Comment was by Mrs.B on December 4, 2021 at 2:36pm

I had 2 types of breast cancer in 2005, with full mastectomy, 2 infections, & 5 years of treatments after 6 months of chemo. Nobody in my family ever had it.

I never said...''why me''....it's a matter of this is my reality, just deal with it.

No praying, no clergy, no church, & I'm still here with the help of medical science & research.

Comment was by Loren Miller on December 4, 2021 at 8:14am

I just took [my cancer diagnosis] as bad luck, basically. It did strike me almost immediately, my atheist sort of thing kicked in and I thought "ha, if I was a God-botherer, I'd be thinking, why me God? What have I done to deserve this?" and I thought at least I'm free of that, at least I can simply treat it as bad luck and get on with it.
-- Iain M. Banks

The TL;DR version being: "Shit happens. Get used to it!"

Comment was by Loren Miller on December 3, 2021 at 2:19pm

I would say so, GC!  Ingersoll sure knew how to string words together, didn't he?

Comment was by Grinning Cat on December 3, 2021 at 2:18pm

Certainly a great summation of secular humanism!

Comment was by Terence Meaden on December 3, 2021 at 7:20am

It summarises concisely the thinking, bearing, and social conduct of a good atheist: Simple, sensible, and caring.

Comment was by Loren Miller on December 3, 2021 at 7:03am

Happiness is the only good.
The time to be happy is now.
The place to be happy is here.
The way to be happy is to make others so.

-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Of all of Ingersoll's statements, I find this one to be among his most succinct, important, and uplifting. I'm not 100% certain that making others happy is the sole path to happiness, but it is certainly a major means to that end.

Comment was by Mrs.B on December 3, 2021 at 1:58am

Have to agree there, Chris.

Comment was by Chris B on December 3, 2021 at 1:55am

And I see the rot spreading...

 

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