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 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?

Comment by Patricia on January 12, 2018 at 9:34pm

Or at least share the wine.

Comment by Patricia on January 12, 2018 at 9:33pm

Thanks, Thomas. Excellent read.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 12, 2018 at 6:35pm

Right you are, Thomas. The previous line is With alcoholic ritual, the whole point is generosity. In other words, don't bother opening a freakin' bottle of wine if you're not going to drink the whole thing.

He has another fetching comment in this regard: Cheap booze is a false economy.

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 12, 2018 at 6:29pm

Bertold,

"...throw away the damn cork." ?...as to not choke on it?....I get the feeling it means something else.

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 12, 2018 at 6:26pm

Joan, Patricia, and Loren,

Here is the full essay:

“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.

 

Now let me tell you another thing. If all the energy and wealth wasted upon religion—in all of its varied forms—had been spent to understand life and its problems, we would today be living under conditions that would seem almost like Utopia. Most of our social and domestic problems would have been solved, and equally as important, our understanding and relations with the other peoples of the world would have, by now, brought about universal peace.

 

Man would have a better understanding of his motives and actions, and would have learned to curb his primitive instincts for revenge and retaliation. He would, by now, know that wars of hate, aggression, and aggrandizement are only productive of more hate and more human suffering.

 

The enlightened and completely emancipated man from the fears of a God and the dogma of hate and revenge would make him a brother to his fellow man.

 

He would devote his energies to discoveries and inventions, which theology previously condemned as a defiance of God, but which have proved so beneficial to him. He would no longer be a slave to a God and live in cringing fear!”

― Joseph Lewis, An Atheist Manifesto

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 12, 2018 at 5:14pm

If you open a bottle of wine, for heaven's sake have the grace to throw away the damn cork.

--Christopher Hitchens

 

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