Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

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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 Joan Denoo on January 12, 2018 at 1:06pm

Thomas, you comment, "Joseph Lewis, An Atheist Manifesto"

says exactly what I think every day! Perfectly stated! Thanks. I share it with attribution to you.

Comment by Patricia on January 12, 2018 at 12:57pm

Excellent find, Thomas!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 12, 2018 at 9:59am

It goes very well, indeed, Thomas.  Thanks for posting it.

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 12, 2018 at 9:39am

   Loren,

You probably have this one already but it goes with your Ruth Green quote:

  "If you do not want to stop the wheels of progress; if you do not want to go back to the Dark Ages; if you do not want to live again under tyranny, then you must guard your liberty, and you must not let the church get control of your government. If you do, you will lose the greatest legacy ever bequeathed to the human race—intellectual freedom."
Joseph Lewis, An Atheist Manifesto

Comment by Loren Miller on January 12, 2018 at 5:39am

There was a time when religion ruled the world. It is known as the Dark Ages.
― Ruth Hurmence Green

A hard and cold truth, which deserves more circulation than it has gotten to date.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2018 at 9:11pm

“We in America pride ourselves on freedom of the press, but every day I see, and so do you, this kind of dishonesty and distortion not only in this area but in reporting -- about guys like me, for instance, which is of minor importance except to me; but also in reporting world news. How can a free people make decisions without facts? If the press reports world news as they report about me, we're in trouble.”

~ Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra’s 1963 Playboy interview, 

Mark FRAUENFELDER, Aug, 31, 2014                

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2018 at 8:41pm

Remember my three “Ps” 

P1,Possible 

P2 Probable 

P3 Preferable

Well, Here is someone else sharing part of the 3Ps:

“The most important thing in life is to stop saying 'I wish' and start saying 'I will.' Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.”

Charles Dickens

I will add to dear old Dickens, identify the Preferable and go for it. 

Comment by Patricia on January 11, 2018 at 2:06pm

I would LOVE to hear what Carlin would have to say!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 11, 2018 at 1:08pm

I shudder to think the brand of commentary we would get from the likes of Will Rogers or George Carlin in THIS day and age!

Comment by Patricia on January 11, 2018 at 12:41pm

 I don’t make jokes.  I just watch the government and report the facts. – Will Rogers 

 

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