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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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Bill Maher has been, is now, and likely will continue to be a polarizing figure for a while to come.  He says shit that angers people, hosts guest who have views that are sometimes WAY past Six…Continue

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Comment was by Davy on August 23, 2020 at 12:30pm

Joan Denoo

Mastering others  is strength
Mastering yourself  is true POWER.
Master Lao

Man conquers the world by conquering himself Zeno of Citium (present day Cypress)

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 23, 2020 at 9:54am

Many thanks, Doone!

Comment was by Doone on August 23, 2020 at 8:56am

Great Observation "Stephen, it has been my observation that those who are less self-possessed and self-actualized seek either to dominate others or be dominated, depending on their bent, whereas those who DO enjoy self-ownership can stand on their own two feet far more comfortably."

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 23, 2020 at 8:50am

If it turns out that there is a God...the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever.
-- Woody Allen

Being an underachiever is the least of Yahweh's problems. He's an absentee landlord, an abusive parent, badly irresponsible and will not be held to account ... but then, being non-existent rather gives rise to all the other adjectives.

Comment was by Loren Miller on August 23, 2020 at 8:46am

Stephen, it has been my observation that those who are less self-possessed and self-actualized seek either to dominate others or be dominated, depending on their bent, whereas those who DO enjoy self-ownership can stand on their own two feet far more comfortably.

Where Mr. Hannity and Mr. Koppel fall on that spectrum is left as an exercise for the student.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on August 22, 2020 at 8:53pm

I'm afraid it's ingrained in we Homo sapiens that we yearn for someone to tell us what to do.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2020 at 6:20pm

Loren, a powerful statement by Koppel, and he doesn't allow Hannity to talk over his thought. Ted speaks with authority, competence, and confidence. 

I still tremble when in the temples of the self-righteous.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2020 at 6:06pm

There is something in the nature of Homo sapiens that make them want to give away their power and have some external thing make decisions for them. For example:

1. Some people plant gardens according to the moon. 

2. Some don't ask for what they need. 

3. Many let others be in control of their emotions.

4. Scores buy into others' power. 

5. Innumerable let others determine one's value. 

6. Too many simply complain, bitch, belly ache, blame others.

7. Countless make decisions based on the decisions of others. 

8. Legion allow others to impose on them. 

Comment was by Mrs.B on August 22, 2020 at 3:57pm

Won't play here, Loren.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on August 22, 2020 at 3:56pm

Good one  Loren. With all his smugness Hannity knows he's been caught out with the truth.

 

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