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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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Culture and Cooperation in Human Evolution

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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"

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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. 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 Loren Miller on September 5, 2020 at 8:10am

Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose. This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It’s us.
-- Alan Moore, Watchmen

A blunt statement from a blunt writer, who recognized what works in this world and what doesn't. It's not especially pretty, but it IS based in and reflects reality, and THAT is what matters to me.

Comment was by Loren Miller on September 4, 2020 at 7:41pm

I find Davis more than a little problematic.  Her talk about radically transforming the world all the time smacks a bit too much of Mao's continuous revolution, which frankly didn't work out all that well.

Culturing the ability to change when change is warranted is one thing.  Promoting change for change's sake is entirely another.

Comment was by Mrs.B on September 4, 2020 at 7:03pm

At least the kitty is cute.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on September 4, 2020 at 6:56pm
You have to act as if it were possible
 to radically transform the world.
And you have to do it all the time.
 
~ Angela Davis
Our weekend COVID-19 cartoon thanks to Ed Tyler
Comment was by Mrs.B on September 4, 2020 at 1:36pm

She probably ''saw'' more than most.

Comment was by Loren Miller on September 4, 2020 at 7:10am

There is much in the Bible against which every instinct of my being rebels, so much that I regret the necessity which has compelled me to read it through from beginning to end. I do not think that the knowledge which I have gained of its history and sources compensates me for the unpleasant details it has forced upon my attention.
-- Helen Keller

For a blind woman, it's astonishing how well she SAW.

Comment was by Loren Miller on September 3, 2020 at 7:22am

Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.
-- Edward Abbey

Utterly agreed, as well as a failure of inquisitiveness, curiosity, a simple desire to know what something is and how it works. "Goddidit" isn't just a conversation-stopper; it's a discovery-stopper.

Comment was by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 2, 2020 at 11:28pm

Like! your Dan Barker quote.

Comment was by Mrs.B on September 2, 2020 at 2:23pm

And she's gorgeous too.

Comment was by Chris B on September 2, 2020 at 2:13pm

My black and white goddess is much kinder than the average male god! Now for the daily offering of kibbles...

 

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