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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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Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow: “We will not let hate win”

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Andy Stout May 4. 5 Replies

Lately I have noted an increase in rants, diatribes, and otherwise potent and declamatory statements by Democrats, in the defense of the LGBTQ+ community, responding to overblown claims about…Continue

Tags: LGBTQ+, Critical Race Theory, sexualizing, grooming, Mallory McMorrow

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Apr 22. 5 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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Brandi Carlile almost dies -- 7/30/21 (Delanceyplace.com)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Andy Stout Mar 28. 8 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

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

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Comment was by Terence Meaden on January 27, 2022 at 7:56am

Ah yes.

The priests arrive to murder the mind. The conquerors seize the land and murder the people.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 27, 2022 at 7:48am

First the priests arrive. Then the conquistadores.
-- James Clavell, Shōgun (Asian Saga, #1)

With surprising regularity and repeatability, it seems.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on January 26, 2022 at 11:23am

As you say guy's live life to the full or at least the best you can. As I get older I'm finding the little things the most satisfying, Hearing myself laugh out loud as I go down the street remembering a joke or sweet moment with a friend or re-watching a Star Trek episode.

Nice one Loren.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 26, 2022 at 7:10am

Pre-CISE-ly, Terry!  I have seen "The Inner Light" a number of times, but watching it again yesterday, its message really struck me, never mind the quality of its production and performances.  A genuinely moving piece of work.

Comment was by Terence Meaden on January 26, 2022 at 7:06am

You only live once. Your time is sacred, it's so precious to you. Make the most of it while you can. Enjoy.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 26, 2022 at 6:14am

Seize the time, Meribor. Live now. Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.
-- Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: TNG, "The Inner Light"

There are so many things I could say about this particular episode, its story and dynamic and all it conveys to its audience, as well as the quality of acting, but nothing more important or impactful than the above quote. To live NOW, to be involved in NOW, rather than expecting some future, unproven afterlife of bliss, may be the most important lesson anyone can ever learn, and "The Inner Light" teaches it with grace, wisdom, and subtlety.

Comment was by Terence Meaden on January 25, 2022 at 7:18am

Loren, your quotation is brilliant, and far superior to Penn Jillette's. 

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 25, 2022 at 6:59am

"Once you've condoned faith in general, you've condoned any crazy shit done because of faith.
— Penn Jillette, God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

And as it comes to that:

The second an irrational idea or concept is allowed to flourish and gain a foothold in the public sphere, there is virtually no limit to the number of additional irrationalities which will follow after. There is hardly a religion on the face of this planet which hasn’t exploited this simple yet pernicious principle.
-- me

Enow spake.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 24, 2022 at 11:22pm

GC, I know Job: A Comedy of Justice well. I think to this day it should have been Heinlein's fifth Hugo winner. The Yahweh that is presented at the end is an idiot and a fool, a spoiled brat who felt the need to "scrape the canvas" entirely too often, no artist at all.

As for an ark which was far to large to be survivable, I refer you to the schooner Wyoming, which sank with all hands, because it hadn't the structural integrity to survive. If IT couldn't make it, why should the ark?

Comment was by Grinning Cat on January 24, 2022 at 8:31pm

It's an interesting side-note on the religions of the bible that, rather than trying to persuade its opponents to its side, Yahweh's followers, virtually without exception, are instructed to SLAUGHTER them. Some swell guy this Yahweh fellow is, eh?
--Loren Miller

It's also instructive that in the story of the Great Flood, a god who was reputedly powerful enough to make a gigantic wooden ship seaworthy (despite timbers in a vessel of that size necessarily flexing and leaking without divine intervention), powerful enough to keep all those animals fed, and powerful enough to magic away all their poop didn't choose to instead simply enlighten all the sinners he was angry at! No flood needed, no genocide needed. That would have set a much more moral example!

 

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