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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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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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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 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!

Comment was by Kurt Neuleuf on August 1, 2022 at 5:29am

I wonder if in say 3000 years, there will be a new god called Harry Potter who preforms miracles and does superhuman feats, most of which we cannot even imagine today. Then the Old testament would be JK Rowlings  god mother and the new testament of Harry Potter the son of the God. Kinda sounds a bit familiar what?

Comment was by Kurt Neuleuf on August 1, 2022 at 5:14am

Not that I care in the least, but I have found Ehrman is not alone in this issue. I have found this fact from several other sources.

The whole story of Jesus can be traced back to Mithraism them further back to the old Avesta. probably even further if your keen and have time to waste on useless mindless pursuits.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 31, 2022 at 11:31am

I've heard that, too, Stephen.  Ehrman is definitely an odd duck, but at least some of his writings are more than problematic for believers, and I can live with that.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on July 31, 2022 at 11:23am

Yet Ehrman still believes in the historicity of Jesus. I for one am not sure let alone care.

If were to construct a God it would have supernatural powers which would be obvious to everyone and of course, it would look like me.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 31, 2022 at 7:52am

If I were to construct a God I would furnish Him with some way and qualities and characteristics which the Present lacks.
-- Mark Twain

Indeed ... such as a sense of empathy for his creation and an understanding of individual rights and genuine justice. And oh, yeah, an appreciation of the rights of WOMEN!!!

Comment was by Mrs.B on July 29, 2022 at 1:13pm

Yes, very odd.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 29, 2022 at 7:32am

Yeah ... funny thing, that.

 

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