Create a Quote (Pro-Atheism, Anti-Theism, or Maxim)

Just feeling a bit creative right now. Always interested in the thoughts of others on the subject of atheism. As an exercise I thought it would be good fun if we came up with our own orginial quotes to express our atheism.

"If America was truly a Christian nation, there'd be no one left"

"Why are you an atheist?...I thought about it"

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Wouldn't that apply to god as well? Ain't NO ONE more absent than he/she/it is!
"It can be fairly asserted that the Abrahamic religions have been THE most persistently divisive influence in the history of mankind."
Isn't that Dawkins?
If it was, I'd expect it to be googleable.
"googleable."

OH! Can I use that?!
Free Thinker: "It can be fairly asserted that the Abrahamic religions have been THE most persistently divisive influence in the history of mankind."

Found in Yahoo Answers -

In fact, it can be fairly asserted that the Abrahamic religions have been THE most persistently divisive influence in the history of mankind.

I believe, if the user pic is correct, that is in fact a post by Jim Ashby who was a member here once upon a time. It is common courtesy to cite your sources, I guess you just forgot to. I refuse to believe you would simply steal a quote and make it look like it was your own. You're too honourable for that, aren't you FT ?
Good people do good things. Bad people do good and bad things, as it suits them. But you need dogmatic faith for good people to do bad things.

Sounds familiar? Indeed:

Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion. - Steven Weinberg

The first quote is 100% mine (although I'm quoting myself from memory - the original's wording might have been slightly different). I wasn't aware of Weinberg's famous statement when I first submitted it to an usenet newsgroup, and it attracted a lot of spontaneous flak, because of my supposed uncourtesy and wilfully unacknowledgement of Weinberg as my source.

Another one:

I hope, for his own sake, that God doesn't exist. Otherwise he'd have a lot to answer to.

Again, it's mine. Sometimes I replace the second sentence with Otherwise he should be brought before the ICC.

To my surprise, I found the almost same words on A|N a couple months ago in this discussion:

(quote)
Reply by Stephen Goldin on April 14, 2009 at 11:51pm
Phil was a strange and wonderful man. You know the phenomenon at parties where, as it gets later, people get stranger? Phil started out strange and got saner and deeper. In my book Assault on the Gods, I open with a quote from Phil: "I hope, for his sake, that god does not exist, because if he does he's got a lot to answer for." Fans of his will go crazy trying to track that down. To the best of my knowledge it's not in any of his work. He just said it one night at a party.
(end quote)

The 'Phil' here stands for the late Philip K. Dick.
Many people know the tune "Blue Skies," although they may not know Irving Berlin wrote the music and the words. Some of the more naive ones may even believe they conjured up the notes themselves.

We all hear things throughout our lives. Sometimes they register consciously, and sometimes unconsciously. The memory is a tricky beast, and it can fool us into believing our own originality.

Perhaps you could thus have inadvertently at one time claim it as your own. But once you were made aware of the older original, to do so further is outright plagiarism.
You're absolutely right. And, although I've a very good memory, I can't discard the possibility that I unconsciously quoted Weinberg.

I doubt that's what happened with Dick, though. "To the best of my knowledge it's not in any of his work. He just said it one night at a party.", says Stephen Goldin, an SF author himself, and thus, I assume, a specialist on SF litterature and Philip K. Dick. Now, I never partied with Dick myself, and while Goldin points out he once quoted Dick's statement in one of his books, I've never read anything by him.

Well, with 6 billions people alive now, plus a few billions ancestors, I guess you can expect this to happen sometimes, from like-minded people.
"if God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish Him." Mikhail Bakunin
Yeah, we in the modern civilized world don't really like jealous dictators killing their own people at random.
A god would most definitely have to be thrown out.
It was in quote marks at least...

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