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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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Speechwriting for the Pope: Suggested Draft, Farewell Remarks

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Onyango M Jan 29. 5 Replies

[Reposting Alan Perlman's suggested speech for Pope Benedict's retirement, which he posted at the now-defunct site Atheist Nexus ten years ago.Archive copy at the Wayback Machine: …Continue

Tags: Atheist Nexus, repost, Alan Perlman, fantasy speech, Roman Catholic Church

You've created God in your own image when...

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 27. 21 Replies

This one, with its context, is too long for the group comments, but in my opinion the context deserves to be more widely known. You'll probably enjoy it, whether or not you're a writer."Now,…Continue

Tags: Shitty First Drafts, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott, writing

Commentary by Doug Hanlon, Regarding the US Supreme Court

Started by Loren Miller Nov 4, 2022. 0 Replies

The following is commentary, made by Atheist Universe member Doug Hanlon, regarding the Supreme Court of the United States, I presume in response to some of the previous quote postings which…Continue

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Comment was by Mrs.B on January 27, 2023 at 1:19pm

Yes, he do!

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 27, 2023 at 8:22am

I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance. That is my religion, and every day I am sorely, grossly, heinously and deeply offended, wounded, mortified and injured by a thousand different blasphemies against it. When the fundamental canons of truth, honesty, compassion and decency are hourly assaulted by fatuous bishops, pompous, illiberal and ignorant priests, politicians and prelates, sanctimonious censors, self-appointed moralists and busy-bodies, what recourse of ancient laws have I? None whatever. Nor would I ask for any. For unlike these blistering imbeciles my belief in my religion is strong and I know that lies will always fail and indecency and intolerance will always perish.
-- Stephen Fry

Man has a way with words, don't he? [smile]

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on January 26, 2023 at 9:21pm

"Eyes are useless when the mind is blind"

Mrs.B is right what a perfect quote. Thanks Loren

Comment was by Mrs.B on January 26, 2023 at 1:32pm

Perfect.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 26, 2023 at 8:02am

And a little bonus, courtesy of my gal:

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 26, 2023 at 7:12am

A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and because firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the case against a miracle is—just because it is a miracle—as complete as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined to be.
-- David Hume

Total agreement. Miracles, by their very nature, would violate the laws of physics and of nature and turn a world which is run by those laws into one run by WHIM, the whim of whatever being is ordering and directing those violations. When you boil it down, reality is too orderly to permit the existence of miracles.

Comment was by Onyango M on January 26, 2023 at 3:37am

Stephen and Joan, Joseph Lewis in his excellent book, Against Circumcision argues we don't cut other body parts to keep them clean. We just wash them well. It is a book I highly recommend. One because it is well written and two, I like Lewis.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 25, 2023 at 7:31am

Why should I allow that same God to tell me how to raise my kids, who had to drown His own?
--Bertrand Russell

Not certain what biblical story Russell may be referring to, though I DO know of one from the Mahabharata that fits. In any case, gods tend to be able to get away with all sorts of shit. Why some people continue to put up with them despite that continues to puzzle me.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on January 24, 2023 at 5:20pm

Joan I think parents have been fed a lie that circumcision is cleaner and prevents disease. It's hardly their fault when they are persuaded that the procedure is in the interest of the boy. 

Comment was by Joan Denoo on January 24, 2023 at 5:06pm

In 1963 and 1964, when our sons were born, I understood circumcision was an essential procedure for them and had no such idea about our daughter. Both our families expected us to provide them with the surgery. No one questioned it, not even the pediatricians.

Years later, while in the Middle East doing my research on women in different cultures I learned about female circumcision and its painful consequent; I was horrified. Only then did I know of the unnecessary procedure on males and my two sons. 

Indeed, my granddaughter had her sons circumcised and did not know she had the option to not have it done. 
What are the pros & cons of circumcision on male babies?  What are the lifelong impacts on grown men?

 

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