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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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You've created God in your own image when...

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 28. 19 Replies

This one, with its context, is too long for the group comments, but in my opinion the context deserves to be more widely known. You'll probably enjoy it, whether or not you're a writer."Now,…Continue

Tags: Shitty First Drafts, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott, writing

H. L. Mencken on the Scopes "Monkey Trial"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 4. 6 Replies

Hanging around Hemant Mehta's Friendly Atheist website has been enormously beneficial to my quote-mongering predilections.  Every so often, someone posts something brilliant, and, good little…Continue

Tags: Monkey trial, Scopes, H. L. Mencken

Aron Ra on Belief and Bull ... Well, You Know!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 25. 2 Replies

From the first time I became aware of him, I have been unabashedly enamored of Aron Ra's unrelenting assault on belief and bullshit.  The following is among my very favorite of his statements…Continue

Tags: religion, bullshit, belief, Aron Ra

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Comment by Stephen on September 10, 2020 at 8:05am

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“Religion... has certain ideas at the heart of it which we call sacred or holy or whatever... If someone votes for a party that you don't agree with, you're free to argue about it as much as you like; everybody will have an argument but nobody feels aggrieved by it. If somebody thinks taxes should go up or down you are free to have an argument about it. But on the other hand, if somebody says 'I must [not] move a light switch on a Saturday', you say, 'I respect that'... Yet when you look at it rationally there is no reason why those ideas shouldn't be as open to debate as any other, except that we have agreed somehow between us that they shouldn't be.”
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Comment by Loren Miller on September 10, 2020 at 6:33am

I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence.
-- Doug McLeod

I've known this quote for a while, yet rereading this morning still makes me laugh.

Comment by Onyango Makagutu on September 10, 2020 at 2:02am

Loren, I think that quote about people and their gods holds true just as Stephen has mentioned irrespective of the gods under study

Comment by Loren Miller on September 9, 2020 at 10:47pm

Stephen, as regards your quote, the one person I originally heard that from was Thunderf00t.  Whether it's utterly his or not, I don't know ... but personally, I think it SHOULD be attributed to him.

Comment by Mrs.B on September 9, 2020 at 10:07pm

Which is why it's so odd that religion is still so strong.

Comment by Stephen on September 9, 2020 at 9:34pm

"The internet. Where religions come to die".

Thunderf00t

Comment by Mrs.B on September 9, 2020 at 3:57pm

These people scare the daylights out of me.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 9, 2020 at 8:06am

Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

The above is a truism regardless of the belief system you study, whether it's Abrahamic, Hellenic, Vedic, or any other. In all cases, you have gods vying for power and acting like over-privileged brats, while having powers and abilities which would scare me out of three years' growth, if they WERE real.

Comment by Onyango Makagutu on September 9, 2020 at 2:21am

I agree Mrs. B.

Comment by Mrs.B on September 8, 2020 at 1:44pm

Some favourites here.

If it existed, it has a lot to answer for, & definitely not worthy of worship.

 

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