Quotes from Famous Freethinkers

Aug 10, 2012 Full story: 1,536
How about posting some of your favorite quotes that speak to non-theism, Humanism, freethought, etc. Full Story

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#1365 Nov 3, 2012
Discuss it with your preacher after services ok Hal wit?
nanoanomaly wrote:
<quoted text>You need to remove your crush colored glasses.

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#1366 Nov 3, 2012
Discuss it with your preacher after services ok half wit?
nanoanomaly wrote:
<quoted text>You need to remove your crush colored glasses.

Since: Feb 09

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#1367 Nov 4, 2012
Givemeliberty wrote:
I know you have a very low IQ. No way you have a High School education. Just no effing way.
My points are worded correctly, you are just unable to see that because you lack the IQ to understand.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Greek_no...
Five ancient Greek novels survive complete from antiquity. There are also numerous fragments preserved on papyrus or in quotations, and summaries by the Byzantine bishop Photius.
Be sure not to crush that nice old Lady's eggs when you are bagging up her groceries today, okay Junior?
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So sad you cannot comprehend simple english. Ah well, at least you spelled "IQ" correctly.

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#1368 Nov 4, 2012
I'm actually bidding on some ancient novels on eBay. Yes these beloved stories are still enjoyed today as they were in ancient times.

Perhaps after you obtain your high school diploma you could understand them as well.
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>So sad you cannot comprehend simple english. Ah well, at least you spelled "IQ" correctly.

Since: Feb 09

Bowling Green, KY

#1369 Nov 4, 2012
Givemeliberty wrote:
I'm actually bidding on some ancient novels on eBay. Yes these beloved stories are still enjoyed today as they were in ancient times.
Perhaps after you obtain your high school diploma you could understand them as well.
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You're pretty much stuck on applying terms first coined in the 16th century to stories written almost 2000 years before the term was first succinctly used- fine. I'm thinking that if these are r-e-a-l-l-y that old, you'd best go and retrieve them in person, they're gonna be very fragile. You should make sure your Prius has really got a soft ride so's the pages (stone tablets?) don't shatter. I'm very happy you enjoy the writings of ancient scholars- it's refreshing to know that even if your heart isn't in the right place, your subconscious is.

Since: Feb 09

Bowling Green, KY

#1370 Nov 4, 2012
Givemeliberty wrote:
Discuss it with your preacher after services ok Hal wit?
<quoted text>
<half>?

“There is no such thing”

Since: May 08

as a reasonable person

#1371 Nov 4, 2012
"My favorite thing about the Internet is that you get to go into the private world of real creeps without having to smell them."
Penn Jillette

Since: Feb 09

Bowling Green, KY

#1372 Nov 4, 2012
Givemeliberty wrote:
I'm actually bidding on some ancient novels on eBay. Yes these beloved stories are still enjoyed today as they were in ancient times.
Perhaps after you obtain your high school diploma you could understand them as well.
<quoted text>
I studied those in the 9th grade and moved on- but they ARE interesting at times- used briefly to embellish a modern story. For instance. "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" was loosely based on The Odyssey. I hope that bothers you.

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#1373 Nov 4, 2012
Isn't it interesting that the Torah and most of the foundation of the Old Testament is considered to have been written about the 5th century BC, as was Aesop's Fables (c. 620–564 BC).

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#1374 Nov 4, 2012
"We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart." ~ H. L. Mencken

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#1375 Nov 4, 2012
"It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry." ~ H. L. Mencken

Since: Feb 09

Bowling Green, KY

#1376 Nov 4, 2012
Hedonist wrote:
Isn't it interesting that the Torah and most of the foundation of the Old Testament is considered to have been written about the 5th century BC, as was Aesop's Fables (c. 620–564 BC).
If you read liberty's rants, you'll see that many works were written back then: James Bond ( a chariot driver), Warren Peace (farmer/Soldier), Kunta Kenta (once a slave, always a slave), etc.
nov·el 1 (nvl)
n.
1. A fictional prose narrative of considerable length, typically having a plot that is unfolded by the actions, speech, and thoughts of the characters.
I've bothered to look, and what he refers to as "ancient novels" are all refered to as "stories" by scholars, but hey, I guess if you grew up calling felines "puddy tats", whatever works...

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#1377 Nov 4, 2012
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>If you read liberty's rants, you'll see that many works were written back then: James Bond ( a chariot driver), Warren Peace (farmer/Soldier), Kunta Kenta (once a slave, always a slave), etc.
nov·el 1 (nvl)
n.
1. A fictional prose narrative of considerable length, typically having a plot that is unfolded by the actions, speech, and thoughts of the characters.
I've bothered to look, and what he refers to as "ancient novels" are all refered to as "stories" by scholars, but hey, I guess if you grew up calling felines "puddy tats", whatever works...
I'm not going to get into you argument about novels here. However some scholars do consider epic poems such as "The Odyssey" to be novels. Arguing over when prose rises to the level of "novel" is a personal opinion.

I'm just noting how Aesop's Fables and OT stories apparently grew out of the same time period in human history.

“There is no such thing”

Since: May 08

as a reasonable person

#1378 Nov 4, 2012
Hedonist wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm not going to get into you argument about novels here. However some scholars do consider epic poems such as "The Odyssey" to be novels. Arguing over when prose rises to the level of "novel" is a personal opinion.
I'm just noting how Aesop's Fables and OT stories apparently grew out of the same time period in human history.
That is actualy interesting. Which is rare in these parts anymore.

Since: Feb 09

Bowling Green, KY

#1379 Nov 4, 2012
Hedonist wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm not going to get into you argument about novels here. However some scholars do consider epic poems such as "The Odyssey" to be novels. Arguing over when prose rises to the level of "novel" is a personal opinion.
I'm just noting how Aesop's Fables and OT stories apparently grew out of the same time period in human history.
I apppreciate your discretion. We'll let 'er drift and see how GML's rant goes after this...

“There is no such thing”

Since: May 08

as a reasonable person

#1380 Nov 4, 2012
e²=(mc²)²+(pc)²
englebert Humperdink

Since: Mar 11

Louisville, KY

#1381 Nov 4, 2012
Already corrected in the next post due to iPhone error as you clearly saw.

But I guess after getting factually destroyed you desperately need any straw to grasp.

That's okay half wit I know you try your best. Go pray to the ceiling fan and ask it for guidance. Have you accepted Jesus as your imaginary friend?
justagi wrote:
<quoted text><half>?

Since: Mar 11

Chicago, IL

#1382 Nov 4, 2012
Oh absolutely and when one studies the area and time periods on which the OT and NT were written we see clearly they were strongly influenced by work of fictions and other religions at that time.

If you were to take random bible stories and random fairy tales and fables, mix them together and present them to a group of people with no knowledge of either and asked them to pick which is the myth stories and which are religious passages how much do you want to bet they would mess it up bad?

They would probably be saying Oedipus was the savior and Jesus was the myth :))
Hedonist wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm not going to get into you argument about novels here. However some scholars do consider epic poems such as "The Odyssey" to be novels. Arguing over when prose rises to the level of "novel" is a personal opinion.
I'm just noting how Aesop's Fables and OT stories apparently grew out of the same time period in human history.

Since: Feb 09

Bowling Green, KY

#1383 Nov 5, 2012
Givemeliberty wrote:
Already corrected in the next post due to iPhone error as you clearly saw.
But I guess after getting factually destroyed you desperately need any straw to grasp.
That's okay half wit I know you try your best. Go pray to the ceiling fan and ask it for guidance. Have you accepted Jesus as your imaginary friend?
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Oh Yea of Short Memory (drugs do that to you), it was you first got nitpicky in this area, so it was you first grasping at those straws, typical liberal.

Since: Feb 09

Bowling Green, KY

#1384 Nov 5, 2012
Givemeliberty wrote:
Oh absolutely and when one studies the area and time periods on which the OT and NT were written we see clearly they were strongly influenced by work of fictions and other religions at that time.
If you were to take random bible stories and random fairy tales and fables, mix them together and present them to a group of people with no knowledge of either and asked them to pick which is the myth stories and which are religious passages how much do you want to bet they would mess it up bad?
They would probably be saying Oedipus was the savior and Jesus was the myth :))
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Of course, I can see it now! Homer writes a story, posts it on the internet and ZOOM! Apostles and prophets everywhere are picking that storyline up and running with it, adding their on little bits savored from other stories- wow, who didn't see your brilliance in realizing this? It's the only way a story could travel the realms of the civilized world in such a coincidental time frame. You're brilliant, Give, just brilliant.

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