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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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Comment was by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2020 at 6:20pm

Loren, a powerful statement by Koppel, and he doesn't allow Hannity to talk over his thought. Ted speaks with authority, competence, and confidence. 

I still tremble when in the temples of the self-righteous.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2020 at 6:06pm

There is something in the nature of Homo sapiens that make them want to give away their power and have some external thing make decisions for them. For example:

1. Some people plant gardens according to the moon. 

2. Some don't ask for what they need. 

3. Many let others be in control of their emotions.

4. Scores buy into others' power. 

5. Innumerable let others determine one's value. 

6. Too many simply complain, bitch, belly ache, blame others.

7. Countless make decisions based on the decisions of others. 

8. Legion allow others to impose on them. 

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 22, 2020 at 3:57pm

Won't play here, Loren.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on August 22, 2020 at 3:56pm

Good one  Loren. With all his smugness Hannity knows he's been caught out with the truth.

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 22, 2020 at 1:35pm

You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.
-- Ted Koppel, to Sean Hannity, on why he (Hannity) is bad for America

Ordinarily, I don't like putting up more than one quote in a day, but having run onto that on YouTube just a couple minutes ago, I was moved to post it.

Here's the complete conversation. Note how Hannity can't stop himself from talking over Koppel, mostly I suspect because he can't bear to hear the truth coming from the doyen newsman:

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 22, 2020 at 8:49am

It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
-- Albert Einstein, Letter, 24 March 1954. Quoted in Albert Einstein: The Human Side, edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman

Einstein was an atheist, plain and simple. He may never have called himself such, but by the base definition which I am familiar with, there can be no argument.

Comment was by Grinning Cat on August 21, 2020 at 10:52pm

On the traditional God being either impotent or evil (or imaginary): the book When Bad Things Happen to Good People, where a rabbi describes how he came to believe in a god who's moral and beneficent and not powerful at all, a god who's as saddened and outraged and mostly helpless as we are at the world's injustices and tragedies, helped the evolution of my thinking.

I came to realize later that I'm fine without an invisible friend. (Actual people I'm talking to on a Bluetooth headset excepted!!!)

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 21, 2020 at 1:42pm

The brainwashing astounds me.

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 21, 2020 at 7:14am

Is man merely a mistake of God's? Or God merely a mistake of man?
-- Friedrich Nietzsche

I'll take Door Number Two, Monty. Creating gods to explain reality in the absence of investigation and science may have been an inevitable mistake of man. Maintaining god in a society where we should at least know better may be an even greater and far more dangerous error.

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 20, 2020 at 1:21pm

Religion is sugar coated, parasitic, bs.

 

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