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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

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

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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)

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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)

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

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Comment was by Loren Miller on June 28, 2022 at 6:54am

Obviously, without the right of women and men to make decisions about our own bodies, there is no democracy.
-- Gloria Steinem, from an email

Pardon my missing yesterday. Brain fart.

And Ms. Steinem is absolutely right with her statement. Without the means to control their own bodies, women are clearly relegated to second-class citizen status. After nearly half a century of having that ability, having that right stripped away is nothing less than intolerable and an exercise in barbarism. It should be intolerable.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 26, 2022 at 6:00am

If the people of this religion [Islam] are asked about the proof for the soundness of their religion, they flare up, get angry, and spill the blood of whoever confronts them with this question. They forbid rational speculation, and strive to kill their adversaries. This is why truth became thoroughly silenced and concealed.
-- Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi

And this mostly occurs because 1) unfounded beliefs don't do very well against established and provable facts and 2) at some level of their lives, believers actually KNOW this.

Comment was by Mrs.B on June 25, 2022 at 1:41pm

They want their intercourse, but then deny a pregnancy result as not theirs, could be anybody's.......sigh.....

Comment was by Chris B on June 25, 2022 at 8:37am

It makes me so angry!

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 25, 2022 at 7:55am

If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
-- Gloria Steinem

But men can't get pregnant, and a particular group of them seem to have a studied indifference to women's desire to control their own bodies and therewith, their lives. Yesterday, four such men, plus one misguided woman, voted to take a long-established right away from women, a right that had been in place for not quite half a century. The opinions of a majority of Americans didn't matter. The legal principle of stare decisis didn't matter. Apparently, all that mattered was that they could successfully punch down on women for little other reason than that they could, and that they could justify their reasoning on legal technicalities.

So they did it, and this country is smaller, meaner, and less free because they did.

Comment was by Mrs.B on June 24, 2022 at 1:29pm

That gawd thing needs to clean up the mess & do some preventions.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 24, 2022 at 8:54am

Stephen, I see it as being part and parcel of their indoctrination, as well as their attempt to maintain that indoctrination.  Truly, genuinely SAD.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on June 24, 2022 at 8:51am

 Loren I truly never understand it when people say they perceive god in the world around them, perhaps it's because I see the world as it is rather than the way I'd like it to be.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 24, 2022 at 7:52am

I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least,
Nor do I understand who there can be more wonderful than myself.

— Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

An interesting take, Mr. Whitman. What if you substituted the word, “science” for “God?” Think that'd work better?

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 23, 2022 at 6:44am

The pattern and origin of all dictatorship is the surrender of reason to absolutism and the abandonment of critical, objective inquiry.
-- Christopher Hitchens

Which, among other things, demonstrates that the brand of dictatorship represented by religion is fundamentally incompatible with self-governance or democracy of any stripe.

 

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