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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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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 Loren Miller on August 7, 2020 at 6:42am

At the risk of posting two Heinlein quotes on two consecutive days:

A woman is not property, and husbands who think otherwise are living in a dreamworld.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

Worthy of note that he wrote that roughly 50 years ago.

Comment was by Onyango Makagutu on August 7, 2020 at 3:42am

I think I am in one voice with Sue Bridehead

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 7, 2020 at 1:48am

Never again.

Comment was by Chris B on August 7, 2020 at 1:45am

I remember the pic - a bad day for you!

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 7, 2020 at 1:32am

Our granddaughter is one of the brainwashed lot of our daughter, & married a pastor. His pastor father performed the ''ceremony''. By far, the worst wedding we'd ever attended.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2020 at 1:28am

Mrs. B. The younger generation seen to be reverting to the old traditions, until it comes to walking their talk. I know of no submissive wife to a dominant husband in the younger members of my family. The young men don't seem to be harmed by women having minds and using them, in fact, their families thrive in egalitarian homes. 

Comment was by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2020 at 1:22am

Grinning Cat, "the plural of spouse is 'spice'"! Clever!

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 7, 2020 at 12:49am

Our vows were ''love, honour, & cherish'', 54 years ago, but our granddaughter's wedding had ''obey'' in them 5 years ago.

Comment was by Chris B on August 7, 2020 at 12:19am

Those stupid ideas about marriage should've disappeared long ago. I refused marriage until the law changed me into an equal partner..

Comment was by Grinning Cat on August 6, 2020 at 11:47pm

<nod!> And also the traditional immoral and obsolete marriage vows, where the bride promises to "obey" the groom.

At weddings I've been to, the ceremony has been completely egalitarian: "Who presents this man to be married to this woman?" and "Who presents this woman to be married to this man?"

(As for "forsaking all others"--that depends on the couple! We certainly don't need fossilized Bronze Age mores derived from a patriarchal society without effective birth control, which valued a woman in large part for her ability to give her husband babies of known paternity.

There is something to be said for the people getting married promising commitment to each other, with whatever details suit them. Some can't imagine having more than one partner, or sharing a partner. For others, the plural of spouse is "spice". Not all great minds [and hearts] think alike.

Here endeth the soapbox. :-)

 

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