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 January 3, 2018 at 5:49am

The Church says that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow of the Earth on the Moon and I have more faith in the shadow than in the Church.
-- attributed to Ferdinand Magellan

Recently, Aron Ra has been tackling Flat Earthers, people who actually believe that our planet is not the oblate spheroid we all know it to be, but FLAT, as the bible describes it.  Apparently, their belief in their holy book is so obdurate that no amount of evidence will move them to accept the facts of the matter.  Honestly, this brand of determined ignorance is the most frightening, the kind which would accept that 2+2=5 and try to incorporate that into one's life, if the bible asserted such an aberration.

Seriously ... what do we do about such people?

Comment by Gary S on January 2, 2018 at 10:31pm

When I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies I no longer touch earth with my feet: I stand in the presence of Zeus himself.

- Ptolemy

Comment by Patricia on January 2, 2018 at 1:55pm

Religion has had its chance for centuries. Long past time to back off for something else to step up to the plate.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 2, 2018 at 1:50pm

Very true, Patricia. The old, trite model of shepherds and sheep is too much on point to be ignored.

Comment by Patricia on January 2, 2018 at 1:11pm

Comment by Loren Miller on January 2, 2018 at 6:43am

Reincarnation is as old as Hinduism, possibly as old as the Vedas, and both of those out-date any of the Abrahamic religions by a fair stretch.  I was saying that the POLITICIZATION of reincarnation was, by comparison with religion, a new phenomenon.

Comment by Chris on January 2, 2018 at 6:40am

would be interesting if it was way too late, however, perhaps newbees are facinated by other forms of reincarnation. Aliens, or other what may be called 'new age' stuff.

Here in the town I live there are several palm readers. There is a tour of haunted houses.

Some of that stuff can be fun. Local graveyards have some interesting tomb stones.

One of my favorites tomb stones at a grave yard here in town has the insription that says

"I told you I was sick."

The resurection of Jesus is reincarnation.

It's a never ending circle story of b/s.

The Egyptian Pharaohs.

I agree the idea of recyclyling/resurection of humans is a new concept. It Likely began at the begining of the  agriculture age. Everything prior to that is pre-history..

Have you seen evidence about intentional burials before the agricultual era?

I'm tired of ancient alien, palm reader, sasquatch, and other woo.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 2, 2018 at 6:24am

In The Marriage of Heaven and Hell he helpfully noted that the function of priests is to lay their curse on the fairest joys.

You gotta admit the guy had some nerve to be what he was in the late 18th century.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 2, 2018 at 6:16am

From what I read of Blake's quote, even he would agree with Hitchens that religion poisons everything. Good for him.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 2, 2018 at 5:48am

One of my favorite Blake quotes:

I went to the Garden of Love,

And saw what I never had seen;

A Chapel was built in the midst,

Where I used to play on the green.


And the gates of this Chapel were shut

And "Thou shalt not," writ over the door;

So I turned to the Garden of Love

That so many sweet flowers bore.


And I saw it was filled with graves,

And tombstones where flowers should be;

And priests in black gowns were walking their rounds,

And binding with briars my joys and desires.


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