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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 17, 2022 at 6:10pm
  1. It's a doddle being an atheist here in the UK apart from the dwindling amount of CofE members and new comers who are mostly Muslim, atheist's and agnostics make up 40% and 15%. 
Comment was by Loren Miller on June 17, 2022 at 5:38pm

To be candid, Stephen, I seriously doubt I'd be willing to come out in a place like Saudi Arabia, and I'm not 100% certain I'd want to in Birmingham, Alabama, either.  I will admit to being spoiled by the relatively safe environment of northeast Ohio, where I can be as bold as I like.

Sometimes, that's just how it works.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on June 17, 2022 at 12:28pm

I think for many it does take courage to be an Atheist, to give up the comforting certainties of an all-loving god. The real heroes are the ones who proclaim themselves Atheist in countries that punish Atheists with the death penalty.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 17, 2022 at 6:50am

There's just no way that the framers of the Constitution – who divided power and authority, who separated it out, who had broken away from George III and declared him to be a tyrant – there was no way that they would have put in the hands of one person the authority to determine who was going to be president of the United States.
-- Greg Jacob, former top legal aide to Mike Pence

Mr. Jacob clearly understood what Donald Trump never did: that the United States government is built around a system of separation of powers, that NO ONE PERSON can or should be allowed to hold the keys to the kind of power that Trump thought he held.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 16, 2022 at 8:44am

There is also something intrinsically courageous about being an atheist. Atheists confront death without mythology or sugarcoating. That takes courage.
-- Jeffrey Tayler

I don't know as it takes “courage,” per se. What it DOES take is a strong orientation toward reality, and a recognition that claims of any kind of afterlife are utterly unsupported by evidence

Comment was by Mrs.B on June 15, 2022 at 1:04pm

I'll stay ''sick'' thank you. The ''cure'' is worse.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 15, 2022 at 6:45am

Religion is not merely a tool to oppress the masses. It is a self-perpetuating scam that leads the masses to oppress themselves.
-- Michael Sherlock

This may be the single most pernicious aspect of religion. It convinces those trapped by it into believing, as Christopher Hitchens observed, that they were born sick, then commanded to be well, with THEIR particular brand of religion being the cure.

Sorry, but we as atheists aren't having of that.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 14, 2022 at 6:53am

People like that don't own themselves.  They want to defer to a god who fails to evince itself, which means they're like leaves in the wind.  Personally, I find that more than a little disturbing.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 13, 2022 at 6:46am

Morality is more than possible without God, it is entirely independent of him.
-- Julian Baggini, Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

Precisely. It is our own morality that we use to judge the supposed morality Yahweh proposes and subsequently REJECTS it for being unfair and badly skewed.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 12, 2022 at 8:35am

Where there is evidence, no one speaks of “faith”. We do not speak of faith that two and two are four or that the earth is round. We only speak of faith when we wish to substitute emotion for evidence.
-- Bertrand Russell

Ol' Bert sure had a way with words, didn't he?

 

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