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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)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 2 hours ago. 2 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

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A Quote of the Day from Loren Miller dated November 14, 2009

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Loren Miller: “We live now in the age of science, methodology and logic, where rational thought is slowly but surely displacing superstition as the primary means of evaluating our reality, how it…Continue

New Rule: The Slow-Moving Coup – Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

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If Trump’s coup attempt goes unpunished, it will be considered a training exercise. --…Continue

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

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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

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Comment was by Loren Miller on January 10, 2022 at 6:14am

I'd be more willing to accept religion, even if I didn't believe it, if I thought it made people nicer to each other but I don't think it does.
-- Andy Rooney, Sincerely, Andy Rooney

Right with you, Andy.

Comment was by Mrs.B on January 9, 2022 at 2:07pm

I'd love to have access to live performances.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on January 9, 2022 at 12:12pm

Jealous isn't the word Loren I've had the chance to see the Crucible in the west end a couple of times but both times things got in the way. Grrrrrr.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 9, 2022 at 9:29am

Stephen, I had the great privilege to see The Crucible staged at the Hanna Theater here in Cleveland, some years ago. I'm here to tell you, it was a visceral kick-in-the-teeth, a tour-de-force which I'm not likely to forget anytime soon. That to me is the virtue and the power of live theater, and one among many reasons I am glad Cleveland is home to the Great Lakes Theater Festival.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on January 9, 2022 at 9:05am

Good one Terence. The stupid often think they are smart.

Loren I've only managed to see the Crucible on TV but you're right a powerful piece of work

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 9, 2022 at 7:40am

Beware, Goody Proctor – cleave to no faith when faith brings blood.
-- Arthur Miller, The Crucible
To my mind, The Crucible is among the most powerful and scathing indictments of religion I am aware of, particularly on stage, where its raw emotion assaults its audience without let or filter. And while we're at it, let's not kid ourselves. With the possible exception of Jainism, ALL faith brings blood at some time or other.

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 8, 2022 at 11:15am

And once again, we run headlong into the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Comment was by Terence Meaden on January 8, 2022 at 11:08am

Yes the superstitious religious are just so stupid---but they do not know they are. 

Comment was by Loren Miller on January 8, 2022 at 9:48am

Our weapons are the ironic mind against the literal: the open mind against the credulous; the courageous pursuit of truth against the fearful and abject forces who would set limits to investigation (and who stupidly claim that we already have all the truth we need). Perhaps above all, we affirm life over the cults of death and human sacrifice and are afraid, not of inevitable death, but rather of a human life that is cramped and distorted by the pathetic need to offer mindless adulation, or the dismal belief that the laws of nature respond to wailings and incantations.
-- Christopher Hitchens

And once again, Hitchens' hammer hits the nail squarely on the head!

Comment was by Mrs.B on January 7, 2022 at 1:45pm

Maybe the majority of the audience then didn't understand it.

 

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