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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B yesterday. 6 Replies

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

Tags: Jesus, coma, Baptist, Catholic, meningitis

Culture and Cooperation in Human Evolution

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Davy Jun 20. 1 Reply

The Australian Western Desert and the High Arctic could hardly be less alike, and both differ sharply from the rainforests of the Congo basin. Even so, in crucial ways, their social lives are…Continue

Christopher Hitchens – "The Only Conversation Worth Having"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Mrs.B Jun 8. 3 Replies

There may be no one whose words in favor of freedom of thought and in opposition to the mind-binding effect of religious belief were quite so powerful as those of Christopher Hitchens.  His repeated…Continue

Tags: debate, the only conversation worth having, poisoned chalice, William Dembski, Christopher Hitchens

WAR is a racket.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 27. 7 Replies

WAR is a racket. It always has been.By Major General Smedley Butleronline at: https://ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html"It is…Continue

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Comment was by Mrs.B on July 8, 2021 at 3:15pm

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 8, 2021 at 8:06am

As long as you live you'll never see a photograph of 7 women signing legislation about what men can do with their reproductive organs.
--Martin Belam

Yeah ... funny thing, that.

Comment was by Stephen Brodie on July 7, 2021 at 8:34pm

Thomas Paine. Of all the founding father's he had the most to lose if the revolution failed and the least to personally gain when it won.

Comment was by Joan Denoo on July 7, 2021 at 4:11pm

Paine surely knew how to write powerful messages. Thanks Loren!

Comment was by Mrs.B on July 7, 2021 at 1:52pm

Good ones.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 7, 2021 at 9:12am

Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more that half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon, than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness, that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and, for my part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel.
-- Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

Paine was spelling it out in what might as well have been 72-point type 200+ years ago. Damn, but he was bold!

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 6, 2021 at 6:24am

Do you think God stays in heaven, because he too lives in fear of what he’s created?
-- Steve Buscemi, “Spy Kids 2”

Wow, there's a concept for you! Gives one to wonder: if we were created by Yahweh, was he prepared for a creation that would talk back to him, that would challenge his putative authority and right to manipulate us? Of course, the question becomes meaningless when we consider that there is no sign whatsoever that this deity exists in the first place, or that he has a heaven to reside in!

Comment was by Joan Denoo on July 5, 2021 at 10:40pm

Loren, outstanding quotes! Heinlein and Edison express their points clearly!

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 5, 2021 at 9:09am

Nature is what we know. We do not know the gods of religions. And nature is not kind, or merciful, or loving. If God made me — the fabled God of the three qualities of which I spoke: mercy, kindness, love — He also made the fish I catch and eat. And where do His mercy, kindness, and love for that fish come in? No; nature made us — nature did it all — not the gods of the religions.
-- Thomas A. Edison, October 2, 1910, interview in the NY Times Magazine

While I am no great fan of Edison and his penchant for exploiting others' discoveries or innovations, as regards his attitude toward any form of god, he is on the nose here.

Comment was by Loren Miller on July 4, 2021 at 6:59am

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

I would add to Heinlein's adjectives: "self-owned" and "self-understanding." Such people typically don't need to be led or to coerce others into being led by them. Not just jealousy, but fear, uncertainty, and several other negative attributes are the product of not owning oneself. I have learned this myself, first-hand, and it was a hard lesson learned, but worth it.

 

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