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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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Liz Cheney's Opening Statement to the January 6th Committee Public Hearing

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Jun 11. 2 Replies

Since there has been such interest in the comments Liz Cheney made during the first public hearing held by the House Select January 6th Committee, I thought I would post it here for those of you who…Continue

Tags: Trump, hearing, insurrection, "Donalld, committee

Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow: “We will not let hate win”

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Andy Stout May 4. 5 Replies

Lately I have noted an increase in rants, diatribes, and otherwise potent and declamatory statements by Democrats, in the defense of the LGBTQ+ community, responding to overblown claims about…Continue

Tags: LGBTQ+, Critical Race Theory, sexualizing, grooming, Mallory McMorrow

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Apr 22. 5 Replies

Besides being a brilliant comedian and practiced public ranter, George Carlin was a adept student of humans and humanity – likely among the reasons why he was so accomplished at those first two…Continue

Tags: humanity, human, well-being, George Carlin

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Andy Stout Mar 28. 8 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

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Comment was by Stephen Brodie on February 16, 2022 at 8:00am

We had to sing this in church every Wednesday when we were bundled across the road from our school to its affiliated church.

Bloody bastards!

Comment was by Loren Miller on February 16, 2022 at 5:53am

The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
-- Arthur C. Clarke

Mr. Clarke hits it on the nose here. Religion's mostly successful attempt to arrogate morality to itself, and then to further complicate matters by attaching its skewed version of morality to two radically different alleged outcomes in equally questionable afterlife destinations has done a remarkable job of screwing up and/or ruining more lives than I could hope to count. Worse, their morality is attached to a belief system rooted not in fact but in FAITH.

How any such system could be more fucked up, I do not know.

Comment was by Loren Miller on February 15, 2022 at 5:38am

I am, indeed, an absolute materialist so far as actual belief goes; with not a shred of credence in any form of supernaturalism—religion, spiritualism, transcendentalism, metempsychosis, or immortality.
-- H.P. Lovecraft

Right with you, H. P.!

Comment was by Mrs.B on February 14, 2022 at 1:03pm

Yes, like this favourite....

Comment was by Randall Smith on February 14, 2022 at 7:58am

In a world where sports figures dominate the airwaves, it's nice to occasionally recognize musicians (other than rap) and scientists. Thanks, Loren!

Comment was by Loren Miller on February 14, 2022 at 6:46am

Without John Williams, bikes don’t really fly. Nor do brooms in Quidditch matches. Nor do men in red capes. There is no Force. Dinosaurs do not walk the earth. We do not wonder. We do not weep. We do not believe.
-- Steven Spielberg

No, this isn't about atheism or politics or anything like that. What it IS about is the enormous impact John Williams has had on the state of the film score, indeed since Jaws and the original Star Wars. The epic themes he's written over the past half-century and more have nearly perfectly complimented the action on the screen, to the point where hearing even a bare snatch of a melody causes one to immediately recall that scene almost automatically.

As it comes to music, one could call John Williams a force of nature ... and I'm not certain that would be wrong.

Comment was by Mrs.B on February 14, 2022 at 1:04am

Yeah, they'll go for anything to get their perks....

Comment was by Grinning Cat on February 14, 2022 at 1:02am

Catching up... "I find it odd that criminals go to prison, & ''find'' religion......hmmmmmm......"

A former corrections worker wrote at Atheist Nexus that prisoners' declared religious affiliations don't necessarily have anything to do with their actual un/belief. "Finding" religion can get you important privileges such as social time with like-minded inmates, and contact with chaplains from the outside. It can also get you food that's not the disgusting standard fare, if your new religion has dietary requirements like kosher or halal food. Finally, religious affiliation can be part of gang identity, which can literally be a matter of survival.

(And parole boards are definitely not exempt from the superstition that invisible frenemies confer virtue and morality!)

Comment was by Mrs.B on February 13, 2022 at 1:47pm

What a great photo memory, Loren!

Comment was by Loren Miller on February 13, 2022 at 8:10am

Utterly agreed, Terry.

As it happens, I've met Aron Ra:

He is affable, has a great sense of humor, and LOVES spicy foods.  But as it comes to phylogeny, the man is a LASER, no nonsense, utterly dedicated and disciplined.  There is no doubt in my mind but that he will make some mighty contributions to our understanding of the long history of this planet and the species that contributed to its evolution.

 

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