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Quote Of The Day

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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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Comment was by Mrs.B on August 17, 2022 at 2:48pm

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 17, 2022 at 10:21am

Kill a man and you're a murderer, kill many and you're a conqueror, kill them all, you're a god.
-- Jean Rostand

Yup ... pretty much.

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 16, 2022 at 1:57pm

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 16, 2022 at 6:46am

"The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their mouths and walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle.
-— Jefferson Bethke

I wouldn't say it's the "greatest single cause," but I can tell you that the hijinks of the likes of Jim and Tammy Fae Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart did no great favors to what remaining belief I had, back in the 80s, and learning about Roman Catholic priests and their depredations with kids didn't help, either.

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 15, 2022 at 8:06am

Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.
-- Christopher Hitchens

Our forebears of hundreds of thousands of years ago were able to stay alive because they looked out for each other, as they dodged the multiple threats presented by that world. They did so because they recognized intrinsically that if they didn't, the group wouldn't survive. Religion wasn't necessary. That recognition was.

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 14, 2022 at 2:17pm

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 14, 2022 at 6:49am

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
-- Voltaire

A puppet is free as long as he loves his strings.
-- Sam Harris

Self-imposed slavery may be the most frightening and pernicious form I am aware of. It may also be the most prevalent, as regards evangelical Christianity.

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 13, 2022 at 2:56pm

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 13, 2022 at 2:55pm

Yes, hope for full recovery.

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 13, 2022 at 8:39am

“Respect for religion” has become a code phrase meaning “fear of religion.” Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.
-- Salman Rushdie

Mr. Rushdie has been an outstanding example of the attitude represented by the above quote, and I'm sure we all wish him a fast and complete recovery.

 

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