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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 Chris B on August 28, 2020 at 9:46am

A good one, Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller on August 28, 2020 at 8:56am

Revelation when applied to religion, means something communicated immediately from God to man. It is revelation to the first person only, and hearsay to every other, and, consequently, they are not obliged to believe it. It is a contradiction in terms and ideas to call anything a revelation that comes to us at second hand, either verbally or in writing. Revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication.
-- Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

Was anyone else ever listening in when Yahweh and one of his representatives had a conversation? Strikes me as being pretty unlikely, too, which is why Paine so clearly distrusts divine revelation, especially since anyone can claim that they've had one about ANYTHING.

Comment by Mrs.B on August 27, 2020 at 2:01pm

Yes, the privilege attitudes wear very thin.

Comment by Chris B on August 27, 2020 at 10:26am

I like that anonymous quote!

Religious privilege

White privilege

Male privilege

species privilege

cis privilege

hetero privilege

how many more are there? And can we live without making use of any privilege?

Comment by Stephen on August 27, 2020 at 8:59am

Comment by Stephen on August 27, 2020 at 8:54am

‘When You’re Accustomed to Privilege, Equality Feels Like Oppression’

Anon.

Comment by Stephen on August 27, 2020 at 8:53am

Nice one Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 27, 2020 at 6:53am

Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
-- Thomas Jefferson

"Fix reason firmly in her seat..." I wonder that Jefferson and Madison and Adams and the rest of the founders had reason so well ensconced in their thought processes, where some of today's politicians can't be bothered with this critical element. Such a dismissal of rational thought strikes me as a recipe for disaster.

Comment by Mrs.B on August 26, 2020 at 1:32pm

I like that one.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 26, 2020 at 6:32am

Yet there seem to be a WHOLE LOT of idiots out there who think they can refute it ... [sigh] ... along with a whole lot of Dunning-Kruger running rampant.

 

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