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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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Comment was by Loren Miller on July 15, 2021 at 6:44am

The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented hell.
-- Bertrand Russell

This concept plays to the whole "holier-than-thou" mindset held by many if not all evangelicals. Not only do they want to be right and have everyone else be wrong, they want to punish the wrong ones and be fully justified in doing so, because as they see it, their god sides with them.

Just how utterly perverse and self-involved is THAT?

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 14, 2021 at 5:17pm

NOTHING wrong with quoting the Bard of Avon, especially considering the well-focused eye he put on the human condition and how well he recorded his observations in prose and poetry!

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on July 14, 2021 at 1:26pm

Prospero:
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd tow'rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

William Shakespeare.

Forgive me for quoting the bard but I've always liked it.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 14, 2021 at 6:47am

I feel that we should stop wasting our time trying to please the supernatural and concentrate on improving the welfare of human beings. I think that, uh, we should use our energy and our initiative to solve our problems, and stop relying on prayer and wishful thinking. If we have faith in ourselves, we won't have to have faith in gods.
-- Ruth Hurmence Green

Ms. Green, you just said a mouthful!

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 13, 2021 at 6:10am

If you're going to dignify the claim that one of our books is not just a book, but in some sense an infallible document, it seems to me that you will always be held hostage to the contents of the book, and it just so happens that these books are engines of intolerance.
-- Sam Harris

A powerful and damning statement, with which I entirely agree.

Comment was by Mrs.B on July 12, 2021 at 1:25pm

Looking for answers, as opposed to accepting statements.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 12, 2021 at 6:46am

In the end theologians are jealous of science, for they are aware that it has greater authority than do their own ways of finding “truth”: dogma, authority, and revelation. Science does find truth, faith does not.
-- Jerry Coyne

Faith doesn't care whether something is actually TRUE or not. It just cares that someone wishes to believe it. Science is a touch more discriminating than that!

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on July 12, 2021 at 1:36am

 Joan exactly right. It's the height of hypocrisy to say you follow Jesus but ignore his message.

Comment was by Grinning Cat on July 11, 2021 at 10:34pm

Joan, you're right about the importance of women's reproductive self-determination! And even if raising or supporting a child born of an unwanted pregnancy were a non-issue ("men... held financially responsible"), that would still be no excuse for forcing anyone to continue a pregnancy against her will.

A flowchart I saw summed up abortion rights perfectly:

CAN YOU DECIDE WHETHER SOMEONE GETS AN ABORTION OR NOT? [credited to @FUCK__PATRIARCHY] Do you have a uterus? [if Yes] Is the fetus inside your uterus? [if Yes] You get to choose what happens [if either answer is No] Fuck off

Comment was by Joan Denoo on July 11, 2021 at 7:14pm

Stephen, it is the hypocrisy of the religious that I find so horribly cruel!

 

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