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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.

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Liz Cheney's Opening Statement to the January 6th Committee Public Hearing

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Since there has been such interest in the comments Liz Cheney made during the first public hearing held by the House Select January 6th Committee, I thought I would post it here for those of you who…Continue

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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

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

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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)

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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 Joan Denoo on May 24, 2022 at 11:30pm

OK! I strongly agree that I am not a wretch, even as I confess that I am a musical illiterate. I don't particularly care for music, except when it catches and holds my attention, e.g. 

'Amazing Grace' touches me in a deep place. I think it is the feeling of community, of belonging that is the hook.

'Hallelujah.' It is the harmony of those singers that excite me. They sing religious songs, and MY GOODNESS, they ring my chines. It is not their words but their sounds that emote emotion in me.  

I agree. I, too, hate 'Onward Christian Soldiers' while I enjoy humming the melody's rhythm.

So, why am I humming such sounds? Can I find feelings of belonging, emotional harmony, and rhythm in secular music? 

Possible hummers: 

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole:  'Over The Rainbow,' 

Louis Armstrong: 'What A Wonderful World,'

Wuauquikuna: 'The Sound Of Silence.' 

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 24, 2022 at 5:17pm

Joan, I so associate the melody line with the lyrics as regards those songs that disassociation for me would be next to impossible.  I'd far rather someone created a NEW melody line along with a new secular lyric.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2022 at 3:21pm

Loren, thanks; I like "Atheists don't have no songs."

Comment was by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2022 at 3:18pm

Loren, you missed my point, I disagree with the lyrics of these songs and find them repugnant, as I know you do. I love the melodies and find myself humming them throughout the day. 

I've looked for tunes I can hum with lively and inspiring themes. Can you suggest a couple?

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on May 24, 2022 at 2:51pm

I doubt the average American Christian knows of that quote by Jefferson because they always argue that the founding fathers were all Christian. Thanks Loren

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 24, 2022 at 6:26am

The Christian god is a three headed monster; cruel, vengeful and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging, three headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Actually, Richard Dawkins documented several more such "heads," and Dan Barker substantiated them, using nothing more than the bible! Regardless, Jefferson is on point here.

Comment was by Mrs.B on May 23, 2022 at 1:14pm

I despise those songs along with many, & making different words to the same melody will still bring the same reaction to the sound we're used to. No thanks.

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 23, 2022 at 8:25am

Joan, I have exactly ZERO use for any of those songs.  The Hallelujah Chorus is a screed on the overwhelming power of a god who can't be bothered to show itself.  "Amazing Grace" falls on one word: "WRETCH."  I am not a wretch, and neither are you, nor any of those here.  As for "Onward Christian Soldiers," the less said the better.  Treating us as an enemy to fight against does evangelicals no favors.  I'll take Steve Martin's humor over ALL OF THAT, and I mean every day of the week!

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 23, 2022 at 7:51am

I have made up my mind that if there is a God, he will be merciful to the merciful.
Upon that rock I stand. –

That he will not torture the forgiving. –
Upon that rock I stand. –

That every man should be true to himself, and that there is no world, no star, in which honesty is a crime.
Upon that rock I stand.

The honest man, the good woman, the happy child, have nothing to fear, either in this world or the world to come.
Upon that rock I stand.

-- Robert G. Ingersoll

Seems to me that the "rock" which Ingersoll speaks of is far better than the one Jesus proposed to found his church on!

Comment was by Chris B on May 23, 2022 at 12:52am

"With a little help from my friends" comes immediately to my mind, Joan, but Loren and many others here know far more lyrics than I do.

 

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