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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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Liz Cheney's Opening Statement to the January 6th Committee Public Hearing

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Jun 11. 2 Replies

Since there has been such interest in the comments Liz Cheney made during the first public hearing held by the House Select January 6th Committee, I thought I would post it here for those of you who…Continue

Tags: Trump, hearing, insurrection, "Donalld, committee

Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow: “We will not let hate win”

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Andy Stout May 4. 5 Replies

Lately I have noted an increase in rants, diatribes, and otherwise potent and declamatory statements by Democrats, in the defense of the LGBTQ+ community, responding to overblown claims about…Continue

Tags: LGBTQ+, Critical Race Theory, sexualizing, grooming, Mallory McMorrow

George Carlin - On Why Our Species Is Failing (1992)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Apr 22. 5 Replies

Besides being a brilliant comedian and practiced public ranter, George Carlin was a adept student of humans and humanity – likely among the reasons why he was so accomplished at those first two…Continue

Tags: humanity, human, well-being, George Carlin

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Andy Stout Mar 28. 8 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

Tags: Jesus, coma, Baptist, Catholic, meningitis

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Comment was by Stephen Brodie on June 24, 2022 at 8:51am

 Loren I truly never understand it when people say they perceive god in the world around them, perhaps it's because I see the world as it is rather than the way I'd like it to be.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 24, 2022 at 7:52am

I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least,
Nor do I understand who there can be more wonderful than myself.

— Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

An interesting take, Mr. Whitman. What if you substituted the word, “science” for “God?” Think that'd work better?

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 23, 2022 at 6:44am

The pattern and origin of all dictatorship is the surrender of reason to absolutism and the abandonment of critical, objective inquiry.
-- Christopher Hitchens

Which, among other things, demonstrates that the brand of dictatorship represented by religion is fundamentally incompatible with self-governance or democracy of any stripe.

Comment was by Mrs.B on June 22, 2022 at 1:31pm

And....look what happened after scump got voted in.....things fell apart.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 22, 2022 at 7:53am

The masses have never thirsted after truth. They turn aside from evidence that is not to their taste, preferring to deify error, if error seduce them. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.
-- Gustave Le Bon

This is the reason (or at least part of it) why my daughter left broadcast journalism for the intelligence community: she learned that people don't want to know the news so much as they want their biases reinforced. Granted, that isn't true in all cases, but it is in perhaps too many, and for a country like this, that is a dangerous trait to maintain.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 21, 2022 at 6:32am

I have given you a proof. I'm not obliged to give you an understanding.
-- Oliver Heaviside

Indeed, most believers don't WANT to have any kind of understanding of our position, because it might cost them their faith!

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 20, 2022 at 5:35am

Good gods are scarce because the majority of gods are created by evil men.
— Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Evil men and/or ignorant men, those who can't stand on their own two feet and understand and accept their own mortality.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on June 19, 2022 at 9:56pm

“God is an hypothesis, and, as such, stands in need of proof: the onus probandi rests on the theist.” ― Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Necessity of Atheism 

I'm re-reading The Necessity of Atheism on Audible, that is if you consider audiobooks as reading. My eyesight isn't the best right now even with my Good reading glasses.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 19, 2022 at 9:21am

If the gods listened to the prayers of men, all humankind would quickly perish since they constantly pray for many evils to befall one another.
-- Epicurus

So ... just as well that whatever gods are out there DON'T answer prayers!

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 18, 2022 at 6:04am

…the Genesis story is just one that happened to have been adopted by one particular tribe of Middle Eastern herders. It has no more special status than the belief of a particular West African tribe that the world was created from the excrement of ants.
-- Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker

Ant poop? That's a NEW one. Regardless, there are likely an uncounted number of creation myths out there, and why ONE particular story should be considered to be the correct one, particularly when it has no basis in evidence, is beyond me.

 

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