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

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 2. 3 Replies

On 31 May, 2018, Joan Denoo posted a most excellent quote from David Hume: That quote was well deserving of a response, which is the following:The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever…Continue

Tags: flawed, vulnerable, emotion, god

Sam Harris on Morality and the Christian God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 24. 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 May 23. 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on January 17, 2018 at 2:01pm

Which reminds me, Bertold:

Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters.
-- Rosa Luxemburg

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 17, 2018 at 12:32pm

I saw Spielberg's The Post last weekend. Stellar performance by Meryl Streep as always, and I even liked Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, although I usually find him somehow irritating. Not much plot, and we already know the story. But there was a good reminder that once upon a time SCOTUS declared in a 6 - 3 vote that

Freedom of the press is for the governed, not for the governors.

I fear that the decision wouldn't have gone that way nowadays.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 17, 2018 at 7:52am

Joan, apparently the NING shortcut URL has expired.  The video it referred to is this:


which is the last part of one of the more moving deconversion stories I have ever heard.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 17, 2018 at 7:49am

Morality is doing right, no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right.
-- H. L. Mencken

And that includes killing the man in front of you because he's not of the same tribe or because he loves the wrong person or because he has the unmitigated nerve to deny the existence of YOUR god.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2018 at 10:32pm

Speaking of port chops, Thomas, see Food.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2018 at 10:29pm

Loren, I am unable to get Prplfox's video. I will try another way. 

I Googled  Prplfox's video series and found his videos. Do you have one particular in mind?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2018 at 7:42pm

What does no-belief in a god or allah or yahway offer one? 

* a sense of wonder seeing the birth of a baby;

* gratitude to be alive and participating in life;

* appreciation of all one's senses, especially seeing the beauty of those we love, hearing the sounds of cooperative effort; smelling the aroma of bread baking in a wood stove oven, tasting a good cheese; touching the hand of the elder knowing life was not easy for that person;

* thinking with others to solve complex problems;

* engaging in manual labor while preparing the garden for spring planting;

*  meditating quietly in a garden retreat while finding peace and calm.

* gazing at the stars on a clear, cold night knowing that there are forces in nature that maintains order;

* realizing I am a scion of thousands of generations of mixes of  gene pools that inform my instincts;

* knowing I am a conscieous being, one of 7,447,830, 999+ Homo sapiens on the Earth;

* feeling profoundly grateful to be alive.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 16, 2018 at 7:26pm

I don't know the structure, but my guess would be he functions as Bill Donohue's left testicle.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 16, 2018 at 7:05pm

Damn, Bertold.  I have a tough time believing that Catholics are quite THAT STUPID.  I wonder if CV represents a fundamentalist or radical faction of the RCC.  Regardless, that Brian Burch quote you cited is disturbing at best!

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 16, 2018 at 7:05pm

Here are the results Burtold has brought attention to:



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