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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.

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A Quote of the Day from Loren Miller dated November 14, 2009

Started by Terence Meaden. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 18, 2021. 9 Replies

Loren Miller: “We live now in the age of science, methodology and logic, where rational thought is slowly but surely displacing superstition as the primary means of evaluating our reality, how it…Continue

New Rule: The Slow-Moving Coup – Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Oct 9, 2021. 1 Reply

If Trump’s coup attempt goes unpunished, it will be considered a training exercise. --…Continue

Tags: insurrection, sedition, coup, Donald Trump, Real Time

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Stephen Brodie Aug 8, 2021. 7 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

Culture and Cooperation in Human Evolution

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Davy Jun 20, 2021. 1 Reply

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

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Comment was by Mrs.B on December 9, 2021 at 1:26pm

Finding the funny is very difficult! I don't see any.

Comment was by Loren Miller on December 9, 2021 at 7:50am

One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.
-- Robert A Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

Belly laughs in places, sick-making in others. It'd be nice if I felt as though I could laugh at religion in the 21st century, but the way things are currently? No, I can't.

Comment was by Mrs.B on December 8, 2021 at 1:15pm

Yup.

Comment was by Loren Miller on December 8, 2021 at 6:43am

Not only is there nothing to be gained by believing an untruth, but there is everything to lose when we sacrifice the indispensable tool of reason on the altar of superstition.
-- R. Lang

Talk about hitting the nail on the head! Beautifully stated!

Comment was by Mrs.B on December 7, 2021 at 2:05pm

Which doesn't seem to be happening.

Comment was by Loren Miller on December 7, 2021 at 1:29pm

Religion is fixed mostly be REMOVING it from your society!

Comment was by Mrs.B on December 7, 2021 at 1:26pm

Mistakes can usually be fixed, but how is religion ''fixed''?

Comment was by Terence Meaden on December 7, 2021 at 7:54am

Of course,'convincing' only for the non-thinkers.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) wrote: "Most people would rather die than think, and most people do."

Comment was by Loren Miller on December 7, 2021 at 7:03am

The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake.
-- Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass


Mr. Pullman, if anything, I would say you understate ... considerably!

Comment was by Chris B on December 7, 2021 at 1:01am

I like that story, Stephen!

From the Alzheimer patients I knew I noticed that they lose their superstitions and religion, even fanatical christians like my mother. All the better for them because their lives become much easier.. Do you know Alzheimer sufferers who hold on to their beliefs?

 

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