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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

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

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Comment was by Chris B on August 6, 2022 at 8:08am

But there must be something else, Loren; do you feel oppressed because your wife is your equal? Do we feel oppressed because coloured people are our equals?

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 6, 2022 at 6:52am

If you've been in a position of privilege, equality feels like oppression.
-- Alix Jules

And that's where American Christians have been for entirely too long and why they're so upset that their numbers are dropping, while secularism and atheism are on the rise here.

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 5, 2022 at 1:22pm

Yup.

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 5, 2022 at 8:21am

You know it's true: Every disaster movie begins with a scientist being ignored.
-- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Thought this was good for a laugh, at least, though Tyson is totally on point here. It doesn't have to be a scientist, either, just someone who knows his business who is forced to deal with someone else who suffers badly from the Dunning-Kruger effect!

Comment was by Randall Smith on August 4, 2022 at 7:41am

Ain't that the truth!

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on August 4, 2022 at 7:06am

Or as my friend, Jack likes to say, Morons, we are surrounded by morons.

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 4, 2022 at 7:00am

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

And all you have to do is watch a Trump rally or a Pentecostal worship service to confirm that for yourself.

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 3, 2022 at 8:05am

The Atheist waits for proof of God. Till that proof comes he remains, as his name implies, without God. His mind is open to every new truth, after it has passed the warder Reason at the gate.
-- Annie Besant, The Atheistic Platform: Twelve Lectures

Quite so. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and there are few such assertions more outlandish than that of a deity such as those posited by the bible or quran. Nota Bene: to date, no such corroboration has been delivered, and we remain, as Ms. Besant stated, “without god.”

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 2, 2022 at 7:05am

It is an absurdity to believe that the deity has human passions, and one of the lowest of human passions, a restless appetite for applause. It is an inconsistency to believe that, since the deity has this human passion, he has not others also: and, in particular, a disregard to the opinions of creatures so much inferior.
-- David Hume


It's a fact: the way Yahweh reads in the bible, he is little more than an enhanced human, with all the weaknesses and foibles of a human being and about as worthy of worship as a hole in the head.

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 1, 2022 at 8:24am

Christian, every time you tell — or imply to — an atheist that he or she will spend eternity in hellish torture for their failure to believe in your kind, loving, and merciful god, you not only lose the argument, but you also lose any chance to be considered an intelligent person — or even just a nice one!
--Barry Hampe

Whereupon THEY will claim that their god is loving, but also just ... whereupon *I* will respond by observing that those two qualities are incompatible with each other, and that even Yahweh's justice is unjust, when you consider that he'll forgive the worst mass murderer if he just confesses and believes. If THAT is justice, I'll take a hard pass, thankuverymuch!

 

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