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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

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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

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Comment was by Loren Miller on June 8, 2022 at 6:51am

In the affairs of the world, men are saved, not by faith, but by the want of it.
-- Benjamin Franklin

I can't see where faith could have a long-term positive effect on anyone or any situation, being that one can "have faith" in ANYTHING, which, to my mind, makes faith USELESS.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 7, 2022 at 6:53am

The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.
-- Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

Atheism is the one position which doesn't presuppose facts not in evidence and faces the unpleasant fact of our own mortality and impermanence, clear-eyed and unblinking. Personally, I'll take that over “pie in the sky, by and by, when you die” every day of the week.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 6, 2022 at 6:55am

We have two lives, and the second one begins when we realize we only have one.
-- Confucius

What a simple yet profound quote! The realization that the concept of an afterlife is a specious falsehood is so important to embracing the one life we have.

Comment was by Mrs.B on June 5, 2022 at 1:50pm

The out of sight, out of mind syndrome.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 5, 2022 at 8:29am

A friend of Diagoras pointed out an expensive display of votive gifts and said, “You think the gods have no care for man? Why, you can see from all these votive pictures here how many people have escaped the fury of storms at sea by praying to the gods who have brought them safe to harbor.”

To which Diagoras replied, “Yes, indeed, but where are the pictures of all those who suffered shipwreck and perished in the waves?”

-- Diagoras of Melos

And I can't help but notice that those who praise the gods for those who were saved from the raging seas rarely if ever remember that second group!

Comment was by Mrs.B on June 4, 2022 at 1:26pm

Stop the cash, they'd fall apart.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 4, 2022 at 6:30am

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

Religion doesn't want members. It wants DEPENDENTS.
-- me

Two different roads which go to the same destination.

Comment was by Mrs.B on June 3, 2022 at 1:08pm

Gives me a warm feeling all over.

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 3, 2022 at 6:51am

The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief—call it what you will—than any book ever written; it has emptied more churches than all the counterattractions of cinema, motor bicycle and golf course.
-- A.A. Milne

Ha! Who would have thought that the creator of that "silly old bear" was a non-believer? Never would have guessed, myself!

Comment was by Loren Miller on June 2, 2022 at 8:03am

Religions survive mainly because they brainwash the young.
-- A.C. Grayling

Years ago, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist gave a talk entitled, “Get Them While They're Young." This has to be the primary reason why religion has survived as long as it has: because those who haven't the means to understand or analyze what they are exposed to are being indoctrinated with this crap.  Thankfully, the indoctrination doesn't hold in all cases!

 

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