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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Jun 11. 2 Replies

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

Tags: Trump, hearing, insurrection, "Donalld, committee

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

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

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

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Comment was by Stephen Brodie on May 29, 2022 at 11:35pm

The Supreme Court of the United States like its recent decision on Roe V Wade hasn't always covered its self in glory.

"At his presidential inaugural on March 4, 1857, President James Buchanan, a Northern Democrat aligned with the South’s slavers, took to the steps of the Capitol and preemptively announced the result of an as-yet-unreleased Supreme Court decision that would give a “settlement of the question of domestic slavery in the Territories.”

Two days later, Chief Justice Roger Taney read his majority opinion in the case of Dred Scott v. Sanford. Black people, Taney wrote, are to be “regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 29, 2022 at 7:31am

You can back the GOP or you can advocate for equal rights for LGBT people. You can't do both at once—and anyone who claims to be doing both is lying.
-- Dan Savage

I have always enjoyed Dan's unabashedly blunt and to-the-point commentary on matters sexual and political, and with the current Republican attacks on the LGBTQ+ community and especially trans people, he is absolutely on the nose here.

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 28, 2022 at 6:58am

“When gods die, self-respect buds”, murmured Orland Fank. “Gods and their examples are not needed by those who respect themselves and, consequently, respect others. Gods are for children, for little, fearful people, for those who would have no responsibility to themselves or their fellows.”
— Michael Moorcock, The Quest for Tanelorn

Very true, I think. Gods who claim to offer forgiveness of sins tend to draw people who NEED that forgiveness. People who can stand on their own two feet have no use of gods.

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 27, 2022 at 6:48am

The truth belongs to those who seek it, not to those who claim to own it.
-- Nicolas de Caritat

Well put.

Comment was by Onyango M on May 26, 2022 at 8:58am

You thought right, Loren. It is pretty cute.

I should adopt it.

Comment was by Davy on May 26, 2022 at 8:09am

I like Pauli's comment.

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 26, 2022 at 7:54am

Es gibt keinen Gott und Dirac ist sein Prophet. (There is no God and Dirac is his Prophet.)
-- Wolfgang Pauli (of the Pauli Exclusion Principle)

{A remark made during the Fifth Solvay International Conference (October 1927), after a discussion of the religious views of various physicists, at which all the participants laughed, including Dirac, as quoted in Teil und das Ganze (1969), by Werner Heisenberg, p. 119; it is an ironic play on the Muslim statement of faith, the Shahada, often translated: 'There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his Prophet.'}"

And I thought it was pretty cute!

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on May 25, 2022 at 4:27pm

So many of the hymns I sang in church and school I quite honestly did take in most of their lyrics, it's only now as an adult that I find them abhorrent. Can you imagine we actually sang these words from All things bright and beautiful-- The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.

I didn't understand what I was singing as a child I do now and I despise the churches theological view that society is "ordered and upheld by Divine providence"

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 25, 2022 at 8:08am

One last word about Amazing Grace: I HATE the lyrics ... and I mean HATE. All the yap about "god's grace" and the utter dependency that it suggests humankind has to this deity-thing that can't be bothered to show itself. HOWEVER ... if someone's going to sing it, it should be sung like the following, with energy and verve and joy. Oh, and if you're wondering where it came from? Well, there is a "Maverick" other than the one Tom Cruise plays, and he rides a horse and not an F-18! Check it out:

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 25, 2022 at 6:51am

I've made this observation before, but I think it's on point: There are people who have elevated a THING in importance over ourselves and our lives. These people so value their guns that they want to prioritize their right to own such weapons over the right of others to live their lives without the fear of them. Because of this obsession, we are now reduced to more frequently living in fear of others superimposing their will, using those weapons either as means of intimidation or toward the end of Suicide By Cop.

Do we need to do more about the mental health issues which frequently give rise to the Sandy Hooks and Aurora Theaters and Columbines? Absolutely, but to stop there is to fail to recognize that the unrestricted and undisciplined availability of guns in the US is as much a part of the problem as those who are handling them.

-- me

And now, Uvalde, Texas, added to Buffalo, New York and too many other places. It is an undeniable fact that mass death as a result of gun violence has become a commonplace facet of American life, and it will continue to be so until and if we CHOOSE to care more about human beings than we do about guns.

 

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