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

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jun 2. 2 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 Bertold Brautigan on January 16, 2018 at 6:32pm

. . . Catholics have been pleasantly surprised by his first year in office. And that shows in our survey results. Just under 5% said Trump had done a poor job. Another 7% were neutral on his first year. But 45% said Trump’s first year was good and 44% said it was excellent.

--Brian Burch

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 16, 2018 at 12:03pm

When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?” This title offends all three major religions, and even vegetarians! "
George Carlin

I wonder... Will that work the next time J.W.s come knocking at my door?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 16, 2018 at 8:32am

Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool.

--Voltaire

Comment by Loren Miller on January 16, 2018 at 8:26am

I think that God that we have created and allowed to shape our culture through, essentially Christian theology is a pretty villainous creature. I think that one of the things that male patriarchal figure has done is, allowed under it's, his church, his wing, all kinds of corruptions and villainies to grow and fester. In the name of that God terrible wars have been waged, in the name of that God terrible sexism has been allowed to spread. There are children being born all across this world that don't have enough food to eat because that God, at least his church, tells the mothers and fathers that they must procreate at all costs, and to prevent procreation with a condom is in contravention with his laws. Now, I don't believe that God exists. I think that God is creation of men, by men, and for men. What has happened over the many centuries now, the better part of two thousand in fact, is that that God has been slowly and steadily accruing power. His church has been accruing power, and the men who run that church, and they are all men, are not about to give it up. If they give it up, they give up luxury, they give up comfort.
― Clive Barker

Clive, I think you pretty well nailed it!  In fact, the above bears an interesting resemblance to the first sentence of Chapter Two from Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 15, 2018 at 7:48pm

Idaho, you've probably heard this one, same as I have:

A beneficent god wouldn't need to be worshiped.
A narcissistic god would demand it.
-- Anon.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 15, 2018 at 7:00pm

True, Patricia.

Comment by Patricia on January 15, 2018 at 6:37pm

Sunday isn't exempt either.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 15, 2018 at 6:35pm

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Ernest W. Adams
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 15, 2018 at 9:11am

No argument on that, Loren. At the same time, the religious reich's support of a certain person who's turned the whitehouse into a shithole would seem to indicate that they don't serve ideas as much as they use the repugnant ideas to justify serving themselves.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 15, 2018 at 7:57am

When a person serves an idea more than the idea serves the person, Something Is Wrong.
-- me

This is a concept which I would HOPE would be self-evident, yet it isn't. Indeed, it's right up there with:

Christianity alters your identity to insure the survival of ITSELF.
-- from Prplfox's video series - http://ning.it/R2isGS

Religions demand our service, at least in the form of belief, and they return very little of substance as benefit.  This fact needs to be recognized and opposed, and the sooner, the better.

 

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