Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful


Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

A place to share the words of others (or your own!) which have been impactful in your life, whether they're serious, poignant, humorous, or just something worth noting.

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I have been a quote collector and quote monger for at least as long as I've been an atheist and probably a good deal longer.  My admiration for those who enjoy reputations as wordsmiths extends even further back, whether we're talking about John F. Kennedy's assertion: "We choose to go to the moon," George Santayana's warning: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it," or James T. Kirk's deft observation when faced with the dauntingly huge First Federation ship: "Not chess, Mr. Spock ... poker!"

The realm of atheist activism has had its own share of verbal craftsmen and women, from Madalyn Murray O'Hair's: "An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church." to Aron Ra's succinct: "If you can't show it, you don't know it."

Regardless of the topic, these are words which are capable of fomenting inspiration, reflection, and sometimes even action.  They can educate and illuminate the human condition and allow us to better know ourselves.  That said, here is an open invitation to share those words which have been particularly meaningful or impactful or timely or just special to you for one reason or another.

Let's share those words and have fun!

One bit of clerical business: please hold your quotes in the comment area below to 20 lines or 200 words.  One comment should not so dominate the Home page of this group that no other comment is visible.  That way, the briefer comments and quotes of all participants are more likely to be seen, read, and appreciated.  If you have a long quote or commentary, create a post, please.

Discussion Forum

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 2. 3 Replies

On 31 May, 2018, Joan Denoo posted a most excellent quote from David Hume: That quote was well deserving of a response, which is the following:The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever…Continue

Tags: flawed, vulnerable, emotion, god

Sam Harris on Morality and the Christian God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 24. 2 Replies

The debate between Sam Harris and William Lane Craig at Notre Dame in 2011 was particularly notable for one particular rebuttal by Harris to Craig, well into the debate.  Those 10 or so minutes…Continue

Big Bang vs Electric Universe, Lawrence Krauss' response

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller May 23. 2 Replies

I wrote to Lawrence Krauss during the discussion of Big Bang vs Electric Universe:"Thurs, 5:54 PM, Lawrence, I belong to Atheist Nexus and a rather ugly debate began about the Big Bang Theory. One…Continue

The Oneida Perfectionists

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller May 17. 4 Replies

The Oneida Perfectionists had a vision of utopian life, and they structured their communities according to ideological similarities.1. First, it believed that its members had entered into an…Continue

Tags: communist, authoritarian, leadership, utopia, free-love

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Comment by Loren Miller on November 29, 2017 at 10:03pm

Not bribery, nor a gun to our heads, in the form of an eternal punishment of which not ONE of their followers can demonstrate the existence.

If you can't show it, you don't know it.
-- Aron Ra

Comment by Patricia on November 29, 2017 at 10:01pm

We also don't need bribery to be helpful.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 29, 2017 at 9:59pm

Just, plain BRILLIANT, Patricia ... and utterly correct.  Without acolytes, religion falls of its own weight.

Comment by Patricia on November 29, 2017 at 9:56pm

Comment by Loren Miller on November 29, 2017 at 9:49pm

Tom, I'm going to tell you this once: this group is NOT for your obsession with your electric universe.  It's about significant quotations and discussion regarding those quotes.  If you persist in trying to superimpose that onto my group, you will be gone from it.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 29, 2017 at 9:14pm
Not for a moment in the 1960s did I have faith in the Big Bang version of the Genesis story.

Four decades passed before I saw evidence supporting my refusal to have faith.
Comment by Alan Perlman on November 29, 2017 at 8:00pm

Here's one for The Donald:

"Better it is to live one day wise and meditative than to live a hundred years foolish and uncontrolled."

The Dhammapada

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 29, 2017 at 2:29pm

Loren, just added it to the list with attribution to you

Comment by Patricia on November 29, 2017 at 2:25pm

Agreed, Joan, many words could/should be added.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 29, 2017 at 2:18pm

Loren, I wish I had read your comment before reading Patricia's, I would have included them in the list, with attribution to you, of course. 

Thanks, Loren, for the excellent lesson! 

Thanks, also to Patricia, for an excellant shorthand version. 


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