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 Patricia on January 14, 2018 at 10:01pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2018 at 9:32pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2018 at 1:12pm

Thomas, great word-picture! 

You contribute powerfully here; no need to have any negative feelings about your ability to keep up. You perform like a lion!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 14, 2018 at 7:34am

We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.
― Gene Roddenberry

Which correlates to a quote from a somewhat different source:

Thanks, Winston.

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 14, 2018 at 12:43am

Joan,

You're welcome. Being an extreme late bloomer in just about everything, I wasn't sure if I could contribute here among atheists who been around for a long while. Sort of like I am a kitten among lions.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2018 at 12:41am

Loren, I heartily agree with your statement about whining, bitching, moaning, to what good end. 

We need action, write letters and make phone calls to our congresspeople, bring the issues to public attention, develop our rationale to support our statements, participate in fundraising and mailings, challenge the opposition in respectful, specific, concrete ways, don't tolerate hedging on issues. 

How to Turn a Red State Purple (Democrats Not Required)

“Frequently, the people you really want in office are the people who have a life.” “They have jobs, and successful businesses, and other stuff.” But these are a necessary condition to turning around the unwieldy ship of a state Legislature. “You want the best possible people in those positions. It’s not going to happen by accident.”

~ Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, member of the Alaska House of Representatives

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2018 at 11:55pm

Thomas, thanks for the full version of An Atheist Manifesto by Joseph Lewis! I bought his book and see he has many other titles that interest me. 

Comment by Gary S on January 13, 2018 at 3:10pm

When religion gets into the driving seat, all hell breaks loose.

- Salman Rushdie

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 13, 2018 at 11:49am

I like the essay by Joseph Lewis.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 13, 2018 at 7:10am

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
– Edmund Burke

At times I wonder ... how many people who bitch about Trump or some other issue do nothing other than that – bitch.  Do they write their congresspeople?  Do they march?  Do they take substantive action against the problem or just bemoan the problem?

 

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