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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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Comment was by Loren Miller 44 minutes ago

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 yesterday

... 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.

Comment was by Mrs.B yesterday

Both good ones.

Comment was by Loren Miller on Thursday

It seems to me there is less meanness in atheism, by a good measure. It seems that the spirit of religious self-righteousness this article deplores is precisely the spirit in which it is written. Of course he's right about many things, one of them being the destructive potency of religious self-righteousness.
-- Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

Oh, we aren't Simon-pure by any stretch, but then we also don't tell people that they have to disbelieve as we do or else suffer eternal torment!

Comment was by Loren Miller on Thursday

That is a PREMIUM quote, Chris!  Thank you for citing it!

Comment was by Chris B on Thursday

Reality is life. Where we suffocate is in the half-life of unreality, untruth, imitation, fakery, the almost-true that is not true.

Ursula LeGuin

Comment was by Loren Miller on Wednesday

What harm would it do, if a man told a good strong lie for the sake of the good and for the Christian church ... a lie out of necessity, a useful lie, a helpful lie, such lies would not be against God, he would accept them.
-- Martin Luther

Anytime anyone wants to try to convince me of the supposed “purity” of the church, I would happily break this quote out. Christian pastors and leaders have LIED to their flock, mostly knowing that they can get away with it because their congregants won't question their words.

We, on the other hand, are something of a different matter!

Comment was by Loren Miller on Tuesday

The idea that things must have a beginning is really due to the poverty of our imagination.
-- Bertrand Russell, Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

I find this quote fascinating, as I am dubious that Russell would know about Lawrence Krauss' "Universe From Nothing," yet it does seem to allude to it.

Comment was by Loren Miller on Monday

God is always the equivalent of ‘I do not know.’
-- Annie Besant

Except that, to the believer, they think they DO know, and the answer is, invariably, "goddidit." Not only is that a knee-jerk non-answer, but it teaches us NOTHING about the world around us.

Comment was by Loren Miller on September 25, 2022 at 7:53am

Only if we understand, will we care.
Only if we care, will we help.
Only if we help shall all be saved.

-- Jane Goodall

Ms. Goodall was probably thinking about her precious chimpanzees when relating this quote, but her statement is true, whether we're talking about saving chimpanzees, ourselves, our fellow humans, or this planet.

 

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