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 Loren Miller on December 19, 2017 at 5:23am

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
-- Samuel Johnson

I would amend the above to say, "Uncritical or Blind patriotism," which would be more accurate. As regards that, I suspect there is no attitude more dangerous than: "my country, right or wrong." It should surprise no one that, perhaps 50 years ago, Playboy magazine had an article in one issue entitled, "My Country, Far Right or Wrong," as an exemplar of those most likely to hold such opinions.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 18, 2017 at 10:15pm

I find that I cannot agree with the Amis quote.  Words are one thing; actions quite another.  Words might make a first impression, but actions and their impact may (and damned well SHOULD) be more lasting.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 18, 2017 at 6:39pm

We are all of us held together by words; and when words go, nothing much remains.

--Martin Amis

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 18, 2017 at 12:19pm

I like those quotes, Patricia and Thomas.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 18, 2017 at 11:20am

While it's not the entire answer by a long shot, I think we can lay a lot of the blame for Christianity's persistence in the West to Constantine, sad to say.

Comment by Chris on December 18, 2017 at 11:15am

Interesting how Abrahamic myth has taken hold while ignoring Asian  myth.

Regardless it's all myth.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 18, 2017 at 10:04am

A damned good quote, Thomas, and important as hell.

Comment by Thomas Murray on December 18, 2017 at 10:03am

“The moment you say that any idea system is sacred, whether it’s a religious belief system or a secular ideology, the moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible.”

Salman Rushdie

Comment by Loren Miller on December 18, 2017 at 6:27am

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
-- Abraham Lincoln

I submit that any dogma, doctrine, or dictum which does not change as new things are learned is not only useless, it is potentially worse than useless, because of its inability or unwillingness to adapt to novel situations. This is precisely what Lincoln was expressing here, and it is amazing to me how people will continue to cling to their holy books, as though they have the answer to everything, when their answers are too often pat pablum which answer nothing and solve nothing.

Comment by Chris on December 17, 2017 at 9:24pm



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