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Quote Of The Day

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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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Comment was by Loren Miller on September 8, 2022 at 8:28am

There's no one whose views are not subject to question.
-- Lawrence Krauss

It's worthy of note that Dr. Krauss would include himself in that statement, as would any other scientist whose integrity is worth a damn. I can't say the same for the average bible-thumper or for those currently in the orbit of one Donald John Trump, and that is a more than unfortunate characteristic of that group.

Comment was by Loren Miller on September 7, 2022 at 8:24am

Suns are extinguished or become corrupted, planets perish and scatter across the wastes of the sky; other suns are kindled, new planets formed to make their revolutions or describe new orbits, and man, an infinitely minute part of a globe which itself is only an imperceptible point in the immense whole, believes that the universe is made for himself.
-- Paul-Henri Thiry

And if this reality were created purely for Homo sapiens, its designer would have to be clearly incompetent, considering that human beings can't live in 99.999% of the universe, and indeed, only a fraction of the planet we evolved on!

Comment was by Loren Miller on September 5, 2022 at 8:37am

The greatest enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, continued and dishonest -- but the myth -- present, persuasive, and unrealistic.
--John F. Kennedy

And the blunt fact is that the existence of Yahweh, story of Moses, the life of Jesus or of Mohammed – ALL of that is nothing but MYTH – uncorroborated stories and tall tales, used to indoctrinate and control others.

Comment was by Loren Miller on September 4, 2022 at 8:48am

Religion doesn't just cloud our minds. It asks us to deliberately deceive ourselves-- to replace reason with its opposite, faith. And when men operate on faith, they can no longer be reasoned with, which makes them more dangerous than any sane man, good or evil.
-- James L. Sutter, Death's Heretic (Pathfinder Tales)

“It asks us to deliberately deceive ourselves...” THIS!!! The vast bulk of the bible is a collection of stories with NO second source or any form of corroboration. And people are not just told to take it on faith, but that not to take it is to risk eternal damnation. That has to be the highest form of gullibility I'm aware of.

Comment was by Loren Miller on September 3, 2022 at 8:00am

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Indeed. If some nutcase doesn't think they're Napoleon Bonaparte, they claim to be the second coming of Jesus Christ. Uh-huh, sure you are, guy.

And I'm the Czar of all the Russias!
-- Ensign Pavel A. Chekov

Comment was by Loren Miller on September 2, 2022 at 7:25am

The research suggests young people are happy with life as it is, that they have felt no need for a transcendent something else and regard the Church as boring and irrelevant.
-- John Sentamu, Archbishop of York. Church report. May 2006

Wow, there it is in black and white. “... [H]appy with life as it is...” and apparently no deities need apply. I would have loved to have learned the ripple that ran through Vatican City when those words were uttered!

Comment was by Loren Miller on September 1, 2022 at 7:06am

With the debaucheries, obscenity, cruelty, tortures, executions, and vindictiveness, it would more consistent to call the Bible a word of a Demon than of God.
-- Thomas Paine

OR ... we could have a god who IS a demon!  [Also, thanks to Saint Sinner, who posted this quote in his pix.]

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 31, 2022 at 6:48am

Skepticism is my nature. Free Thought is my methodology. Agnosticism is my conclusion. Atheism is my opinion. Humanitarianism is my motivation.
-- Jerry DeWitt

And Jerry is a pretty neat fella. If you don't know him, you should.

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 30, 2022 at 8:37am

… faith is a belief that is assumed without evidence and defended against all evidence to the contrary.
-- Aron Ra

Yup ... pretty much.

Comment was by Chris B on August 29, 2022 at 7:10am

A typical bully...

 

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