Quotation Of The Day


Quotation Of The Day

A place to post quotations that inspired you, made your day better, or made you pause and think.

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Mark Twain's War Prayer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Andrew Apr 13. 9 Replies

The Last American

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Dan Rather on "Alternative Facts"

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Comment by Loren Miller on August 11, 2017 at 10:55am

Alan, just post a quote which is meaningful to you or you think speaks to this group.  It doesn't HAVE to be about atheism, though many quotes are.  I usually post one quote a day.  Repeats are inevitable, but considering that they frequently have something important to say, we don't worry about that ... much!  [grin!]

So please join right in!

Comment by Alan Perlman on August 11, 2017 at 10:46am

Hello all...I just joined and would like to participate.  How and where do I actually post a quote?.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 11, 2017 at 10:19am

Joan, good quotes by Ingersoll.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 11, 2017 at 9:49am

In the history of our poor world, no horror has been omitted, no infamy has been left undone by the believers in ghosts – by the worshipers of these fleshless phantoms, and yet these shadows were born of cowardice and malignity.  They were painted by the pencil of fear upon the canvas of ignorance by that artist called superstition.
-- Robert G. Ingersoll

Reminds me of Voltaire's quote about absurdities and atrocities a bit ... more than a bit, indeed!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2017 at 9:41am

I do not believe in forgiveness as it is preached by the church. We do not need the forgiveness of God, but of each other and of ourselves.
– Robert G. Ingersoll

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2017 at 9:40am

This crime called blasphemy was invented by priests for the purpose of defending doctrines not able to take care of themselves.
– Robert G. Ingersoll

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2017 at 9:38am

Happy Ingersoll Day 

It has always seemed absurd to suppose that a god would choose for his companions, during all eternity, the dear souls whose highest and only ambition is to obey.
– Robert G. Ingersoll

Comment by Loren Miller on August 11, 2017 at 8:54am

“When the stakes are this high – when calling God by the right name can make the difference between eternal happiness and eternal suffering, it is impossible to respect the beliefs of others who don't believe as you do.
― Sam Harris

And because you are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT and have THE TRUTH and they are ABSOLUTELY WRONG, they just NEED your truth, even if you have to shove it down their throats (it's for their own good, after all).

BUT ... what if there were NO STAKES?  No heaven, no hell, no afterlife, and all we had was THIS LIFE??? Paints a different picture, don't it?

Comment by Daniel W on August 10, 2017 at 8:33pm

I forget if  I posted this quotation before.  I'm really happy about how many quotes are posted, and how much enthusiasm there is for sharing quotes.  Thank you members for your enthusiasm!

BB, thanks for researching that.  It's realy profound.

“Such is the world that I can no longer bear to say prayers, for I am sick of speaking to the gods who choose to do nothing but as they wish.” ― Alcaeus of Mytilene, 612 BC

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 10, 2017 at 7:58pm

I ran into the passage just preceding the Philip Appleman quote Daniel shared the other day. {Bolded section at the bottom was Daniel's post.]

  • . . . we would find this world beautiful after all, and poignantly valuable precisely because it is not eternal.Doomed to extinction, our loves, our work, our friendships, our tastes are all painfully precious. We look about us, on the streets and in the subways, and discover that we are beautiful because we are mortal, priceless because we are so rare in the universe and so fleeting. Whatever we are, whatever we make of ourselves: that is all we will ever have--and that, in its profound simplicity, is the meaning of life.

I don't know if I've heard a better explanation of the freedom of nonbelief. This statement sounds a bit pie-in-the-skyish, but it's a discussion of what the world would be like without the hypocrisies of religion.


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