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Quote Of The Day

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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 Stephen Brodie 2 minutes 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

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 Saturday

Seems odd to me that women haven't rebelled en masse over this.

Comment was by Loren Miller on Saturday

Now I ask you if our religion teaches the dignity of woman? It teaches us the abominable idea of the sixth century--Augustine's idea--that motherhood is a curse; that woman is the author of sin, and is most corrupt. Can we ever cultivate any proper sense of self-respect as long as women take such sentiments from the mouths of the priesthood?
-- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

It seems to me that Baha'i may have equality of the sexes as one of its founding principles, but it may be alone among the world's religions in that regard.

Comment was by Loren Miller on Friday

Noted and thanks, Stephen!

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on Friday

Loren I've just downloaded the Audible version of Thomas Paine's the rights of man. Very enjoyable and helpful for someone who has bad eyesight like myself. Great narration by Bernard Mayes. It has a Good 10hrs of listening 

Comment was by Loren Miller on Friday

Reason and Ignorance, the opposites of each other, influence the great bulk of mankind. If either of these can be rendered sufficiently extensive in a country, the machinery of Government goes easily on. Reason obeys itself; and Ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
-- Thomas Paine

Wow, Thomas. I have to wonder if you saw into the future to perceive our current situation and issues ... or is it that very little has changed in the intervening two centuries?

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 13, 2022 at 7:45am

Thinking about Greta's quote from yesterday regarding anger, here's a twofer for you:

The supreme task is to organize and unite people so that their anger becomes a transforming force.
-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson: to conserve my anger. And as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transformed into a power that can move the world.
-- Mohandas Gandhi

Comment was by Mrs.B on January 12, 2022 at 1:39pm

I read that book.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 12, 2022 at 7:57am

Atheists’ anger doesn’t prove that we’re selfish, or joyless, or miserable. It shows that we have compassion, and a sense of justice. We’re angry because we see terrible harm all around us, and we feel desperately motivated to stop it.
— Greta Christina, Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless

Whether Greta speaks for all atheists or not, I don't know. I can assert that she speaks for me in this regard. The outrageous ideas and actions that some believers subject other believers and non-believers to has outraged me on more than one occasion, and on occasion, sufficiently so to ACT.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 11, 2022 at 6:47am

I hope we shall... crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and to bid defiance to the laws of our country.
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Logan. November 12, 1816

Jefferson knew well the danger of too much money in the private sector and its ability to threaten the government over 200 years ago. Would that we had appreciated that lesson when he taught it!

Comment was by Mrs.B on January 10, 2022 at 1:28pm

But they think they are nicer, & we'd better believe that....or else.

 

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