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

Sam Harris on Morality and the Christian God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 on Wednesday. 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

Christianity Founded by a Murderer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman Apr 21. 4 Replies

Constantine did what?As he gained power, he became more suspicious of even family and friends. He ordered them to be put to death by various means.MaximianHis father-in-lawHe impelled to hang…Continue

Tags: baptized, escape, guilt, be, repent

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Comment by Patricia on December 17, 2017 at 1:22pm


Comment by Patricia on December 17, 2017 at 1:22pm


Comment by Patricia on December 17, 2017 at 1:17pm

Always strings attached, no matter the script.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 17, 2017 at 9:35am

Many religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands, like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar. They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift, competing as they do in a marketplace. But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse.
― Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great

The business of selling pigs in pokes gets harder all the time, because more shoppers want to SEE the merchandise ... and the less there is to see, the less they are likely to buy.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 16, 2017 at 9:35pm

Chris, there are those who have a measure of control over their own lives and those who don't.  For those who don't, whose lives are purely about survival, the Bennett quote is hardly applicable.  For those who do have such control, the question becomes: do they exercise that control and if so, in what direction and why?

Some people think they either are not their brothers' and sisters' keeper but that they shouldn't be burdened with such a responsibility, indeed, ever those who are tasked with it, like, for instance, Senators and House members.  Those capable of choice need to be held accountable for their choices ... particularly so that we can empower those for whom such choice is not available.

Comment by Chris on December 16, 2017 at 8:43pm

Joan all of the things you meantionged and more.

Some things are worth fighting to change, other things aren't.

Tilting at widnmills doesn't work unless one knows something about about the wind driving them.

Comment by Gary S on December 16, 2017 at 6:49pm

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.

- George Bernard Shaw

Comment by Loren Miller on December 16, 2017 at 6:38am

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

In an age where words by the trillions are flying about the internet, kids commit suicide because of cyber-bullying, and trash talk in political fora threaten to escalate to nuclear conflict, I think it's important to remember that it isn't the words that are the problem; It's How We REACT To Them!!!

Nota Bene.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2017 at 4:40am

Chris, I agree with your statement, "tell  oppressed people. that. It's nonesense fantacy - sort of like religion."

On the other hand, how many times have you heard someone complain about their marriage, a job, the government, the laws, their in-laws, the weather, the pro-climate change people, the anti-climate change people, and on and on?

The whinine and complaining change nothing. 

If a marriage is bad, one can stay and be unhappy, get a divorce and maybe be happy, or stay in the marriage and chose to be happy, even if the marriage stinks. 

Working in a job where one is unhappy present a choice to the worker. He or she can stay and whine and complain and be unhappy, or leave. Does the leaving solve one's problems? 

I grouse about government, get angry, frustated, disgusted. What are my choices?

Continue to complain, 

Call my representatives to complain directly to them, 

Discuss with others the things that I don't like, 

Write letters to the editors, 

Invite others to learn about the issues, 

Put my head in a book and not surface until the next election cycle, 

Deny that I am angry, frustrated, disgusted, 

Pretend all is well with the world, 

Repress my feelings, 

Get drunk, 

Smoke some weed, 

Take tranquilizers, 

Go work in the greenhouse, 

There must be a dozen or more options. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2017 at 3:03am

"Let’s say that they do a job that’s not good, or a job that they didn’t finish, or a job that was way late. I’ll deduct from their contract, absolutely. That’s what the country should be doing."

~ Donald Trump

USA TODAY exclusive: Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills


More than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades, “who say Trump or his companies have refused to pay them.“

"At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work. Among them: a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey. A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast. Real estate brokers who sold his properties. And, ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others.

"Trump’s companies have also been cited for 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act since 2005 for failing to pay overtime or minimum wage, according to U.S. Department of Labor data. That includes 21 citations against the defunct Trump Plaza in Atlantic City and three against the also out-of-business Trump Mortgage LLC in New York. Both cases were resolved by the companies agreeing to pay back wages."

"In addition to the lawsuits, the review found more than 200 mechanic’s liens — filed by contractors and employees against Trump, his companies or his properties claiming they were owed money for their work — since the 1980s. The liens range from a $75,000 claim by a Plainview, N.Y., air conditioning and heating company to a $1 million claim from the president of a New York City real estate banking firm. On just one project, Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, records released by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in 1990 show that at least 253 subcontractors weren’t paid in full or on time, including workers who installed walls, chandeliers and plumbing."

"Philadelphia cabinet-builder Edward Friel Jr

Trump never paid $83,600 for cabinet work." 


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