Quotes from Famous Freethinkers

Aug 10, 2012 | Posted by: Hedonist

How about posting some of your favorite quotes that speak to non-theism, Humanism, freethought, etc.
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"One man’s theology is another man’s belly laugh." ~ Robert Heinlein

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How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!
Samuel Adams

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"Live a good life.

If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by.

If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them.

If there are no gods, you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones."

~ Marcus Aurelius

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Three universal truths that all religions agree on --

1. "We are right."

2. "Everyone else is wrong."

3. "We are better than you."

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Hedonist wrote:
"Live a good life.
If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by.
If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them.
If there are no gods, you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones."
~ Marcus Aurelius
Upon further research it seems that this quote cannot be attributed to Marcus Aurelius.

Oh, well....it's still a good quote even if it is anonymous.

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Hedonist wrote:
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Upon further research it seems that this quote cannot be attributed to Marcus Aurelius.
Oh, well....it's still a good quote even if it is anonymous.
MArcus or Anon, I agree.

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Lil Ticked wrote:
<quoted text>MArcus or Anon, I agree.
It's almost exactly what I told my grandmother a couple days before she died.

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nanoanomaly wrote:
<quoted text>It's almost exactly what I told my grandmother a couple days before she died.
Illigitimate grandfather?

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Lil Ticked wrote:
<quoted text>Illigitimate grandfather?
What? Um, no.

The "talk"...about what comes after death. The "either way" part.

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nanoanomaly wrote:
<quoted text>What? Um, no.
The "talk"...about what comes after death. The "either way" part.
Oh! I get it.

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“It was only when I finally undertook to read the Bible through from beginning to end that I perceived that its depiction of the Lord God--whom I had always viewed as the very embodiment of perfection--was actually that of a monstrous, vengeful tyrant, far exceeding in bloodthirstiness and insane savagery the depredations of Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Attila the Hun, or any other mass murderer of ancient or modern history.”

—Steve Allen, Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion & Morality, 1990

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Lil Ticked wrote:
<quoted text>Oh! I get it.
Yeah. It was so strange. When I asked her (grandma) a question the nurses and relatives told me that she couldn't hear me and hadn't communicated in several days. They leaned in close to her and raised their voices like she was deaf instead of unconscious. I noticed an expression of what I thought was distaste on her face and knew that grandma was still in there. When they left the room I whispered in her ear, "Grandma, can you hear me?" and she responded with a quiet "Yes." I asked her if she was in any pain and she said no, so then I asked if she was afraid, and again she said "No." I told her that she didn't have a reason to be afraid since she had always acted with the best of intentions towards everybody. That if there was a God that she would not be condemned and that if there wasn't an afterlife that at least it would be nothing bad to fear, it would be an absence of bad just as well as good. Either way it would not be horrible or painful.

She sighed and became much more relaxed afterwards. Before that she had been moving around restlessly, yet seemingly unaware of her surroundings. The nurses had said she was too sedated to know what was going on but it seems they may have underestimated her grip on reality.

I think she was ready to go. She hated the dialysis.

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<quoted text>Yeah. It was so strange. When I asked her (grandma) a question the nurses and relatives told me that she couldn't hear me and hadn't communicated in several days. They leaned in close to her and raised their voices like she was deaf instead of unconscious. I noticed an expression of what I thought was distaste on her face and knew that grandma was still in there. When they left the room I whispered in her ear, "Grandma, can you hear me?" and she responded with a quiet "Yes." I asked her if she was in any pain and she said no, so then I asked if she was afraid, and again she said "No." I told her that she didn't have a reason to be afraid since she had always acted with the best of intentions towards everybody. That if there was a God that she would not be condemned and that if there wasn't an afterlife that at least it would be nothing bad to fear, it would be an absence of bad just as well as good. Either way it would not be horrible or painful.
She sighed and became much more relaxed afterwards. Before that she had been moving around restlessly, yet seemingly unaware of her surroundings. The nurses had said she was too sedated to know what was going on but it seems they may have underestimated her grip on reality.
I think she was ready to go. She hated the dialysis.
Why don't you two just chat on MSN instead of disrupting this thread deliberately with your crappy anecdotes?

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-Skeptic- wrote:
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Why don't you two just chat on MSN instead of disrupting this thread deliberately with your crappy anecdotes?
ooooooouuuuoo

FYI, this thread lost any claim to "integrity" once someone started quoting the fictional character of a plagiarist.
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Live a life that will make the Westboro Baptist church pickitt your funeral.

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It is not hardness of heart or evil passions that drive certain individuals to atheism, but rather a scrupulous intellectual honesty. ~ Steve Allen

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Live a life that will make the Westboro Baptist church pickitt your funeral.
Isn't that just "live" then?:p

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"How can heaven and hell coexist? How can any sane and loving human being be happy in heaven knowing that millions of people, innocent or not, are being tortured for eternity? This heaven is a place void of empathy, an asylum for psychopaths. How is this heaven good?”~ Anonymous

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"If I am wrong and there really is a Judeo/Christian God, the day of my death will truly be a judgment day. I do hereby affirm that I will give him a fair chance to account for his deeds before I pass judgement on him." ~ anonymous

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