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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.

Please enjoy!

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

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

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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

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

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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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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 July 6, 2022 at 3:41pm

Kurt, the bible has to be, without doubt, among the most inconsistent and self-contradicting tomes ever written by humankind.  It is well known to take up both sides of several arguments, indulges in blatant plagiarism, never mind being in DESPERATE need of an editor.

But THIS group is about quotations and BRIEF commentary on them. I'll leave your comment up, but I would appreciate any future commentary to be on-subject.

Thanks.

Comment was by Kurt Neuleuf on July 6, 2022 at 7:39am

Since I was 7 years old and forced to attend school religion classes, I could not understand how such a loving god makes says one thing  on one page of the bible , only to refute it in the next page. Example thou shall not kill, but ........ turn  the  page and...

I guess I must have been born an Atheist/Agnostic because I could never fathom how seemingly sane people could believe such drivel to be absolute truth.

I am not just referring to the Abrahamic religions, also to the Rig Veda, Zoroastrianism, Mithraism and the other classic ancient scams thought of as religion.

How can the words of a long dead and departed ancient societies' wars, political and societal issues have any relevance for the challenges we face today? I see no profit of looking behind you while running to the very edge of a very high cliff.

I often wonder if the Old  testament and other beliefs books and stories were their equivalent of Hollywood and Bollywood? For me this would make sense as , especially as the bible stories, do not coincide with any of  the prolific Roman records, modern archaeology, or satellite imaginary.

How can a tribe wander in the desert for years, without leaving cart tracks, graves , did not defecate (for years) nor dispose of any rubbish  in a climate that seems to mummify biological matter easily? Hmmm?

Also if you read the birth story of the new testaments god,I suggest you read the birth story of Mithra , born 1500-2000 years before J.C.

Even this story can be traced back further to ancient India.  Seems our ancient ancestors were adept recyclers.  They were canny enough  too invent crisis' and to keep them going for millennia of profits.

I believe that all religions are Chinese whispers. The real truth would be interesting but still irrelevant.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 6, 2022 at 6:40am

For me, it goes without saying that much of the dogma of many religions is harmful. Thinking other people will burn forever because they love the wrong person or worship the wrong god has done a whole lot of bad.

What I wanted was the part where people were asked to get together once a week to talk about how to be a good person and, like, hang out with their neighbors. It's pretty amazing that apparently the only way to get people to do that is to invent an all-seeing, kindhearted sky dad who will be super disappointed/burn you for eternity if you don't show up.

-- Hank Green, A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor

The sad fact is that there are SEVERAL better ways to get people to come together like that. I've been doing it for years now with The Cleveland Freethinkers and before that with the Northern Ohio Freethought Society. The catch is that you have to get past years and decades and centuries of generational indoctrination ... and that is no small catch.

Comment was by Mrs.B on July 5, 2022 at 1:50pm

Don't forget the ''loving'' part......

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 5, 2022 at 6:34am

Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.
-- Hosea 13:16

THIS from the god that is supposed to be “pro-life.” Tell me ANOTHER one, eh?

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on July 5, 2022 at 3:04am

life-affirming quote 

Comment was by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 4, 2022 at 4:31pm

Good Jon Krakauer quote, Loren.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on July 4, 2022 at 2:18pm

You're right Loren I can't think of a time when that paradigm of us vs them has brought about anything other than strife 

Comment was by Mrs.B on July 4, 2022 at 2:14pm

And.....religions can't even agree with one another.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 4, 2022 at 2:11pm

Any way you slice it, religion is about: We got it RIGHT and EVERYONE ELSE got it WRONG, which instantly starts an "Us vs. Them" paradigm.

I cannot think of a circumstance where that ever served ANYONE.

 

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