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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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WAR is a racket.

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New Rule: Losing to China | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

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Bill Maher has been, is now, and likely will continue to be a polarizing figure for a while to come.  He says shit that angers people, hosts guest who have views that are sometimes WAY past Six…Continue

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The following is OLD, not quite 10 years old, presuming that the video was released not long after the Notre Dame debate between Sam Harris and William Lane Craig.  That doesn't change the fact that,…Continue

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The Top 30 Worst Places to Live in the United State

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Loren, have you seen this article? The Top 30 Worst Places to Live in…Continue

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Comment was by Loren Miller on March 17, 2021 at 6:32am
What I'm asking you to entertain is that there is nothing we need to believe on insufficient evidence in order to have deeply ethical and spiritual lives.
-- Sam Harris

Seriously ... why believe ANYTHING on "insufficient evidence?"
Comment was by Mrs.B on March 17, 2021 at 12:55am

Especially the hard cover ones.

Comment was by Grinning Cat on March 17, 2021 at 12:45am

The Bible is 100% accurate, especially when thrown at close range.
--God (@TheTweetOfGod)

Comment was by Mrs.B on March 16, 2021 at 1:17pm

Excellent.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on March 16, 2021 at 6:32am

Well said that man. Don Freeman

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 16, 2021 at 6:25am

People don't need religion, religion needs people. They're just corporations and they need your money to thrive. Religion doesn't make you a better person, intelligence and kindness does. Religion doesn't feed the poor, good people with big hearts do that. Just remember that.
-- Don Freeman

Self-explanatory.

Comment was by Mrs.B on March 15, 2021 at 2:12pm

Arrogance.

Comment was by Davy on March 15, 2021 at 8:32am

Loren Miller
Old Tommy was right; for what people forget is that when you live in a society with others that it brings with it Responsibilities and Obligations with it. It is up to the individual to govern and control themselves first and the rest will flow from that self-governance.
As for privileges they only come with a Hierarchical Structured Society such as the one we all live in at this point of time.
As I have said before it takes a lot to get rid of 10 thousand years of propaganda used to maintain it, both religious and secular falsehoods.

Comment was by Chris B on March 15, 2021 at 7:33am

I see quite a lot of people who pretend not to understand that...

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 15, 2021 at 6:32am

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
-- Thomas Paine

This is the thing that pisses me off more about some people (sometimes BOTH believers and atheists) than anything else: they want the RIGHTS and PRIVILEGES that go with having freedom, but NONE of the responsibilities.

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