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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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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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WAR is a racket.

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Comment was by Loren Miller on February 13, 2021 at 6:57am

By Hays' reasoning, penetrating a rectum with a penis is a violation of how God meant humans to function. However, penetrating a human body with a sword, a common way to kill people in biblical times, is acceptable. Apparently human bodies were designed to be penetrated by metal implements, but not by flesh.
-- Hector Avalos

This is the kind of failure of understanding of his own creation that Yahweh consistently demonstrates ... and why, if he DID exist, I'd want utterly NOTHING to do with him.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2021 at 12:11am

"If God, like Jupiter in the comedy, should, on awaking from a lengthened slumber, desire to rescue the human race from evil, why did He send this Spirit of which you speak into one corner (of the earth)? He ought to have breathed it alike into many bodies, and have sent them out into all the world. He ought to have breathed it alike into many bodies, and have sent them out into all the world."

~ Celsus,  Excerpts from Contra Celsus by Origen,

BOOK 6, Chap. 78.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2021 at 7:33pm

Loren Miller, powerfully stated, as usual. Your way with words always enriches and inspires me. Thanks, dear friend. 

Comment was by Mrs.B on February 12, 2021 at 3:15pm

Exactly.

Comment was by Loren Miller on February 12, 2021 at 8:08am

If abuses are destroyed, man must destroy them. If slaves are freed, man must free them. If new truths are discovered, man must discover them. If the naked are clothed; if the hungry are fed; if justice is done; if labor is rewarded; if superstition is driven from the mind; if the defenseless are protected and if the right finally triumphs, all must be the work of man. The grand victories of the future must be won by man, and by man alone.
-- Robert G. Ingersoll, On the Gods and Other Essays

I've said it many times: the weight is on US. Expecting some itinerant deity to come and rescue us at the 11th hour is a fool's errand. There has yet to be a god that can actually evince itself or demonstrate its ability to interact with this reality, mostly because there has yet to be a god that actually, demonstrably EXISTED.

Which leaves it to us to accomplish what needs to be accomplished in the here and now, because no one else will do it for us.

Comment was by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 11, 2021 at 3:01pm

Good one, Loren! "When an attempted coup goes unpunished, it has officially become a training exercise.
-- Anon."

Comment was by Mrs.B on February 11, 2021 at 1:07pm

Yes, I could never figure out saved.....from what, or for what.

Comment was by Chris B on February 11, 2021 at 7:58am

A beauty, Onyango! And supported by the christian tradition to keep their children as uninformed and uneducated as possible.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on February 11, 2021 at 7:20am

Don't it just.

Comment was by Loren Miller on February 11, 2021 at 7:13am

Says it all, doesn't it, Onyango?

 

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