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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.

Please enjoy!

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Brandi Carlile almost dies -- 7/30/21 (Delanceyplace.com)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B on Friday. 6 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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Culture and Cooperation in Human Evolution

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Davy Jun 20. 1 Reply

The Australian Western Desert and the High Arctic could hardly be less alike, and both differ sharply from the rainforests of the Congo basin. Even so, in crucial ways, their social lives are…Continue

Christopher Hitchens – "The Only Conversation Worth Having"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Jun 8. 3 Replies

There may be no one whose words in favor of freedom of thought and in opposition to the mind-binding effect of religious belief were quite so powerful as those of Christopher Hitchens.  His repeated…Continue

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WAR is a racket.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 27. 7 Replies

WAR is a racket. It always has been.By Major General Smedley Butleronline at: https://ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html"It is…Continue

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Comment was by Mrs.B on May 6, 2021 at 2:47pm

Yes, right on point.

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 6, 2021 at 7:38am

Tracie says it SO VERY WELL.

Comment was by Mrs.B on May 5, 2021 at 1:29pm

That's how they justified the unexplainable.

Comment was by Onyango Makagutu on May 5, 2021 at 8:57am

I was trying to read Santayana's book on reason but it is so dense I have had to put it aside. Life is short to be spent on boring literature.

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 5, 2021 at 4:58am

Men become superstitious, not because they have too much imagination, but because they are not aware that they have any.
-- George Santayana

A VERY interesting assessment on why we have a whole panoply of imagined gods out there and not very far off, if off at all.

Comment was by Loren Miller on May 4, 2021 at 6:49am

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence, than it does knowledge: it is those who know little, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
-- Charles Darwin

Sounds an awfully lot like Dunning - Kruger, doesn't it?

Comment was by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2021 at 3:12am

Loren & Grinning Cat, you inspire me to a higher level of assertion. 

Grinning Cat, I especially like the Jefferson quote, "We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."

Comment was by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2021 at 2:40am

Elie Wiesel's quote, from his book, "The Night Trilogy: "Night," "Dawn," and "Day." He describes his experience during the holocaust, events that occurred after, and its effects on many survivors.

Silence implies agreement to the abuse, a submission to intolerable behaviors, a denial of oneself! 

Comment was by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2021 at 1:51am

Loren, I agree with your list of those to whom we "owe a similar debt;" I add Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Katha Pollitt, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Greta Christina, Jamila Bey, Susan Jacoby, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Simone de Beauvoir,  Margaret Sanger, Joyce Carol Oates, Barbara Ehrenreich, Rebecca Goldstein, Susan Blackmore, & Patricia Churchland.

Obviously, many of these women may be unknown to some of our group. However, they influenced me as I made my way in atheism.

Comment was by Mrs.B on May 3, 2021 at 3:12pm

So much is still so backward.

 

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