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 Plinius on December 31, 2017 at 1:11am

Joan, the Orwell quotes are from his novel 1984. I know you don't like novels, but this is a must-read.

Comment by Gary S on December 30, 2017 at 11:50pm

Joan and Compelledunbeliever, I like your quotes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2017 at 11:39pm

"Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality but by the higher duty I owe myself. What would you think me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death."

~ Eugene V. Debs: -  1908 speech

Comment by Compelledunbeliever on December 30, 2017 at 2:15pm

"Theological degrees may be the biggest impediment in the study of the history of the bible"  Compelledunbeliever 

Comment by Chris on December 30, 2017 at 8:57am

That's a classic Loren.

Reincarnated weiners maybe difficult to find.

More relish on that?


Comment by Loren Miller on December 30, 2017 at 8:26am

Thinking about the Dali Lama:

You've heard the one about the hungry Buddhist who went to the hot-dog stand and said, "Make me one with everything!"

Then, of course, the Buddhist pays with a $20 bill, and when he asked for change back was told, "Ah, change has to come from within!"

Comment by Chris on December 30, 2017 at 8:22am

In more sarcasm

I almost knew nirvana but the Dali Lama said he won't be reincarnated.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2017 at 7:51am

"Respect yourself enough to walk away...."

Thanks for the reminder Loren.  I think I've mostly achieved that, but need reminders to go the full distance.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 30, 2017 at 7:13am

Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you or makes you happy.
-- Robert Tew

And I HAVE walked away ... from a relationship that I served but that in no genuine way served me, from any form of religion (which is parasitic at best and malignant at worst), and I will gladly turn my back on anything or anyone which seeks to enhance itself at my expense.  My tolerance level has been (for a while), is now, and will continue to be exactly ZERO as it comes to such.

Don't like it?  Bite me.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 30, 2017 at 6:43am

Frankly, Chris, I'm not convinced that Drumpf knows his ass from his elbow.  Mostly, all he knows is what he wants, with ego-stroking being Number One with a bullet – frightening at minimum.


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