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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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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

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George Carlin - On Why Our Species Is Failing (1992)

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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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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

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Comment was by Mrs.B on March 12, 2022 at 12:56pm

Odd, that.

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 12, 2022 at 8:11am

If god created man in his own image, how come I'm not invisible?
-- David Powers

And omnipotent, omniscient, et cetera? The whole issue of "the image of god" is such a load of horse feathers, I can hardly begin to relate how utterly absurd it is to even talk about it!

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 11, 2022 at 6:52am

[T]he offer of certainty, the offer of complete security, the offer of an impermeable faith that can't give way, is an offer of something not worth having. I want to live my life taking the risk all the time that I don't know anything like enough yet; that I haven't understood enough; that I can't know enough; that I'm always hungrily operating on the margins of a potentially great harvest of future knowledge and wisdom. I wouldn't have it any other way, and I'd urge you look at those of you who tell you, those people who tell you, at your age, that you're dead until you believe as they do—what a terrible thing to be telling to children—and that you can only live by accepting an absolute authority. Don't think of that as a gift, think of it as a poisoned chalice; push it aside, however tempting it is. Take the risk of thinking for yourself. Much more happiness, truth, beauty and wisdom will come to you that way.
-- Christopher Hitchens

For all the words that Hitch offered in defense of atheism and atheists, I think the above are the most powerful and inspirational, which is why I created a post with a more complete version here some time back and for myself, tried to memorize this entire quote. His words don't just give expression to the sense and sensibility of atheism but to the joy of learning and growth that come out of a rejection of the false certainty of “goddidit.”  To think that he came up with this statement extemporaneously in his debate with William Dembski just makes them all the more valuable.

Comment was by Terence Meaden on March 10, 2022 at 7:40am

Absolutely splendid from this great Nobel Prize winner. 

It reminds us, of course, that every genuine scientist is necessarily an atheist. Any so-called scientist---with no matter how many academic degrees---who attempts to circumvent this and equivocate is necessarily no proper scientist.   

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 10, 2022 at 7:09am

[When asked by a student if he believes in any gods]

Oh, no. Absolutely not... The biggest advantage to believing in God is you don't have to understand anything, no physics, no biology. I wanted to understand.
-- James D. Watson

Wanting to understand, not being satisfied at all with “goddidit,” having the desire to learn and grow. If there is any kind of purpose to life, that's got to be in there somewhere!

Comment was by Mrs.B on March 9, 2022 at 1:20pm

I like Barker.

Comment was by Davy on March 9, 2022 at 9:42am

There is nothing divine in kow-towing to a purported god of any ilk! Mullity Nik-Ken-Bah

When you kow-tow you are showing the subservience to another in other words acting in a slave like manner since you are acknowledging the relationship between you is one of  master and slave. 

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 9, 2022 at 7:42am

Asking, "If there is no god, what is the purpose of life?" is like asking, "If there is no master, whose slave will I be?" If your purpose of life is to submit as a slave, then your meaning comes from flattering the ego of a person whom you should detest.
-- Dan Barker

Dan is downright brilliant here. Anyone who places themselves below an undetectable god creates a master-slave relationship with something that has no demonstrable existence! I'm not certain I can think of anything quite so absurd as that!

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 8, 2022 at 6:49am

The lord doesn't work in mysterious ways, but rather in ways that are indistinguishable from his non-existence.
-- Yorgo Veenhuyzen

Yeah ... funny thing, that.

Comment was by Loren Miller on March 8, 2022 at 6:46am

"Generalization," perhaps, Stephen, but also a fairly well considered definition of the Dunning-Kruger effect!

 

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