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

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Comment was by Loren Miller on August 13, 2020 at 7:52am

That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.
-- Christopher Hitchens, now known as “Hitchens' Razor”

There are believers out there who would have us think that assertion amounts to proof, even as they wish to insist that faith is a valid means to knowledge. They are wrong on both counts. Valid, independent, testable corroboration is the linchpin to understanding what is real and what is not.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on August 13, 2020 at 7:02am

"Religion is "so absurd that it comes close to imbecility." - H. L. Mencken

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on August 13, 2020 at 7:00am

"This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it." - John Adams

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on August 13, 2020 at 6:59am

"There is not enough love and kindness in the world to give any of it away to imaginary beings." - Friederich Nietzsche

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on August 13, 2020 at 6:56am

"Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses." - Arthur C. Clarke 

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 12, 2020 at 6:32am

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
-- Luke 6:45

And just how often do we see evangelical Christians practice the first half of the above-cited dictum? Never mind Trump, who claims to be the best president Christianity ever had. The very thought is ludicrous.

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 12, 2020 at 2:01am

Amazing, that.

Comment was by Chris B on August 12, 2020 at 2:00am

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 11, 2020 at 2:04pm

All good for me today so far, Doone.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on August 11, 2020 at 1:52pm

Verbatim. Much better than my bastardised version.

Best satirical film ever. 

 

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