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

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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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WAR is a racket.

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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 Davy on June 20, 2021 at 1:34am

Your welcome Aunty
I always include the quoter's name and if possible the years they lived to allow others to trace the source more easily should the query it.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on June 19, 2021 at 3:48pm

Davy, what a wonderful quote! Putting it into bumper sticker form:

"while we exist death is not present, and when death is present we no longer exist. It is therefore nothing either to the living or to the dead since it is not present to the living, and the dead no longer are.”

Epicurus, Letter to Menoeceus

I especially like the reference to the source making it easier to read more. 

Comment was by Joan Denoo on June 19, 2021 at 3:37pm

Loren, you shared some jewels! I want my family and friends to pay heed!

We will see that the greatest problem confronting civilization is not merely religious extremism: rather, it is the larger set of cultural and intellectual accommodations we have made to faith itself.
-- Sam Harris, The End of Faith

Being an atheist frees you up to live this life properly, happily and fully.
-- Richard Dawkins

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
-- Salman Rushdie

I don't want to believe; I want to know.
-- Carl Sagan

Those who expect to be both ignorant and free, expect what never was and never will be.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Comment was by Mrs.B on June 19, 2021 at 3:28pm

*on tv*.

Comment was by Mrs.B on June 19, 2021 at 3:28pm

I saw her a few times before she ''disappeared''.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on June 19, 2021 at 3:26pm

Madalyn Murray O’Hair paid a high price for speaking truth, and we can expect no better treatment. However, the wisest speech is that which is true. 

Comment was by Joan Denoo on June 19, 2021 at 3:23pm

Loren, that powerful statement by Sam Harris represents one of the reasons people cling to religion. People who rely on myths and superstition also rely on the myths told to obedient supplicants who willingly buy into the "consumer" economy. Buy, buy, buy, spend, spend, spend, until it hurts! Then try to pray to a faux-god for relief. 

Comment was by Joan Denoo on June 19, 2021 at 3:15pm

"We are in the greatest bubble of all time!"

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on June 19, 2021 at 10:46am

Thomas Jefferson was exactly right on that one.

Thanks, Loren I've not heard that one before.

Comment was by Chris B on June 19, 2021 at 9:52am

I love that one, thanks!

 

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