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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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Brandi Carlile almost dies -- 7/30/21 (Delanceyplace.com)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Stephen Brodie Aug 8. 7 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

Tags: Jesus, coma, Baptist, Catholic, meningitis

Culture and Cooperation in Human Evolution

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Davy Jun 20. 1 Reply

The Australian Western Desert and the High Arctic could hardly be less alike, and both differ sharply from the rainforests of the Congo basin. Even so, in crucial ways, their social lives are…Continue

Christopher Hitchens – "The Only Conversation Worth Having"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Jun 8. 3 Replies

There may be no one whose words in favor of freedom of thought and in opposition to the mind-binding effect of religious belief were quite so powerful as those of Christopher Hitchens.  His repeated…Continue

Tags: debate, the only conversation worth having, poisoned chalice, William Dembski, Christopher Hitchens

WAR is a racket.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 27. 7 Replies

WAR is a racket. It always has been.By Major General Smedley Butleronline at: https://ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html"It is…Continue

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Comment was by Chris B on July 22, 2021 at 6:30am

It's a memorable one, Loren, so forget about tooting.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 22, 2021 at 6:04am

Something which does not exist cannot help us, but chronic dependence on something which fails to exist does active harm to all of us.
-- me

I wrote the above as a part of a blog entry on Atheist Nexus back in 2010, and at the risk of tooting my own horn, I think it's an important statement regarding the real danger that can ensue when lives become based on unreality. Frankly, I feel yet another blog entry, commenting on that, may be in the works and shortly.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 21, 2021 at 6:48am

Write the name of Charles Darwin on the one hand and the name of every theologian who ever lived on the other, and from that name has come more light to the world than from all of those.
-- Robert G. Ingersoll

Seems to me there are multiple names that qualify along with Darwin, names like Galileo, Newton, and Faraday come to mind ... but then anyone who has used science to advance human understanding of the world is in good company with old Charles.

Comment was by Mrs.B on July 20, 2021 at 1:19pm

Especially in ''certain'' places.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 20, 2021 at 6:35am

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance, when the need for illusion is deep.
-- Saul Bellow

I'm not certain this was ever truer than now in the modern age, when some believers are determined to overturn reality and replace it with their delusion. The problem comes when their delusion and reality collide.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 19, 2021 at 7:57am

There seem to be only two kinds of people: Those who think that metaphors are facts, and those who know that they are not facts. Those who know they are not facts are what we call "atheists," and those who think they are facts are "religious." Which group really gets the message?
— Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor

I wonder if it's more that the religious so WANT their biblical metaphors to be facts that that becomes the focus for their obsession. The problem obviously comes when their desire for metaphoric facts runs headlong into that little thing called: REALITY.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 18, 2021 at 7:04am

The world is so exquisite with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there’s little good evidence. Far better it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.
-- Carl Sagan

You say it wonderfully well, Carl.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on July 17, 2021 at 2:04pm

You can't go far wrong with Terry Pratchet

Comment was by Mrs.B on July 17, 2021 at 1:52pm

Good one.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 17, 2021 at 5:03am

Not a lot to argue with, here.

 

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