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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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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

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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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Comment was by Mrs.B on September 2, 2020 at 2:04pm

That's a good one, Chris.

Comment was by Mrs.B on September 2, 2020 at 2:03pm

Yes, & I will worship my cats....hahahaha....at least they are real.

Comment was by Chris B on September 2, 2020 at 11:08am

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on September 2, 2020 at 9:35am

Woody Allen

“To you, I'm an atheist.
To God, I'm the loyal opposition.”
 Woody Allen
Comment was by Stephen Brodie on September 2, 2020 at 9:33am

Christopher Hitchens

“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”
 Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
Comment was by Loren Miller on September 2, 2020 at 7:02am

Doubt as sin. — Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature — is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality

Of course, Christianity wants doubt to be a sin, because doubt is the seed from which skepticism springs, the spark which gives rise to curiosity and investigation, particularly of the claims made by believers, claims which, we quickly discover, have no real substance to them. OOPS!

Comment was by Mrs.B on September 1, 2020 at 2:01pm

Yes, I really like this one.

Comment was by Loren Miller on September 1, 2020 at 6:39am

Truth does not demand belief. Scientists do not join hands every Sunday, singing, "Yes, gravity is real! I will have faith! I will be strong! I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come down. Amen!" If they did that, we would think they were pretty insecure about it.
-- Dan Barker

[chuckle] Ask Isaac Newton about the need to "have faith" about gravity, after that apple clonked him in the head! The ability to VERIFY a phenomenon is what sets science utterly apart from religion, and this will likely always be the case.

Comment was by Davy on August 31, 2020 at 8:32am

Why should I fear death? If am, then death is not. If death is, then I am not. Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?

Long time men lay oppressed with slavish fear. Religious tyranny did domineer. At length the mighty one of Greece began to assent the liberty of man.

Epictetus.

Seneca also had a view on death

You are scared of dying – and, tell me, is the kind of life you lead really any different than being dead?

Seneca.

Comment was by Grinning Cat on August 31, 2020 at 8:23am

"I'm not afraid of dying. It's that business of having to stay dead that scares the !#$%& out of me."

(Who said that?)

And being able to easily highlight and look up Loren's Bible citations reminded me of this one:

"Why don't churches have wi-fi?
They don't want to compete with an invisible power that actually works."

(Though I read that many pastors do encourage congregants to use their phones to look up Bible references, share sermons on social media, etc.)

 

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