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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 Loren Miller on October 9, 2022 at 6:33am

The effort to find a rational excuse for something can work, but that doesn't make it right.
-- Lawrence Krauss

Indeed, religionists try all the time to rationalize their beliefs. Personally, I suspect all their efforts accomplish is to further muddy the waters and give rise to the multiple thousands of denominations, offshoots, sects, and cults that we see today. The sad fact is that there is nothing rational about religious belief.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 8, 2022 at 6:15am

We're surrounded by people who don’t make that distinction. If you say to them, “there’s a monster living in my closet, you can’t see him, but you gotta have faith that he’s there,” people would say “well that’s ridiculous, you’re out of you’re mind, you should be locked up,” but the same thing does not apply to a guy living on a cloud... We suspend our powers of logic.
-- Seth Mcfarlane

This is a point made multiple times by multiple people over the years, but that doesn't change the fact that I really like the way Seth makes it here.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 7, 2022 at 8:31am

The above is one among multiple reasons why I have loved Robert Heinlein for a very long time.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 6, 2022 at 6:15am

Understanding is a three-edged sword: your side, their side, and the truth.
-- Joseph Michael Straczynski

And the moral of this story is: be aware of your own biases!

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 5, 2022 at 6:08am

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.
-- James 1:26

Seems to be an AWFUL LOT of that going around these days, don't you think?  I can think of a great number of bible-thumping mega-preachers to whom I would LOVE to send that single bible verse!

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 4, 2022 at 7:31am

God made sure we didn't know how to swim, then pushed us into the water, then watched us drown and waited until we called for him to save us in a very particular way before jumping in after us.
-- Steve Shives

Rather an odd way of putting it, but then Steve always did have his own style!

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 3, 2022 at 9:28am

A degree of culture, and assuredly a very high one, is attained when man rises above superstitions and religious notions and fears, and, for instance, no longer believes in guardian angels or in original sin, and has also ceased to talk of the salvation of his soul.
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits

If we’re to grow up as a species, we need to address the systems that infantilize us.
-- TheraminTrees

Two very different people from very different times, yet a singular, consonant expression.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 2, 2022 at 6:26am

Religions are all alike - founded upon fables and mythologies.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Very true ... because there is not now, nor has there ever been ANY testable objective proof or demonstration of ANY deity of ANY kind. The reason for that is simple:

There are no gods.

Comment was by Loren Miller on October 1, 2022 at 7:31am

My political ideal is democracy. Let every person be respected as an individual and no person be idolized.
-- Dr. Albert Einstein, 1930

I have to wonder what Einstein would think of us in the 21st century, with a clown like Trump garnering the unearned accolades from his under-educated groundlings. A disturbing thought, to put it at its mildest.

Comment was by Loren Miller on September 30, 2022 at 5:07am

... misunderstandings and neglect create more confusion in this world than trickery and malice.
-- Goethe

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
-- Hanlon's Razor

Your twofer for today.

 

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