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 21, 2018 at 6:54am

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

This one isn't just big, it's enormous, and it speaks to a topic I've brought up again and again: the issue of self-ownership and self-possession. I see those qualities as being important if not mandatory prerequisites to any kind of rational endeavor, including atheist activism. If I seem a bit strident, it's because I speak from painful experience on this one. I've already written a bit about that and may write more in the future.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 21, 2018 at 6:39am

Gang, new guideline:

Quotes over 20 lines or 200 words should be in a post and not placed in the general comments here.  I would prefer that one comment not dominate the entire page.  This will make it easier and more likely that ALL comments and quotes get seen and read.

Current entries into the Comments area will remain as is, but future entries will be subject to the new guideline.  Any questions, please ask me.

Comment by Gary S on January 20, 2018 at 10:00pm

Once upon a time, people identified the god Neptune as the source of storms at sea. Today we call these storms hurricanes. The only people who still call hurricanes acts of God are the people who write insurance forms.

- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Comment by Patricia on January 20, 2018 at 2:07pm

The true scenario.....

Comment by Loren Miller on January 20, 2018 at 2:06pm

Personally, Patricia, I think god was way too busy being non-existent!

Comment by Patricia on January 20, 2018 at 1:19pm

Maybe gawd was too busy answering the prayers of football players.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 20, 2018 at 12:15pm

.Immediately following the Sutherland Springs church shooting on November 5, 2017, Will Wheaton on Twitter stated in response to Congressman Paul Ryan's call for prayers for the victims that "The murdered victims were in a church. If prayers did anything, they'd still be alive, you worthless sack of shit."[72] Wheaton subsequently clarified his opinion after receiving criticism.[73][74][75]

Comment by Plinius on January 20, 2018 at 11:23am

Thanks for the Appleman poem, Bertold, it's beautiful

Comment by Loren Miller on January 20, 2018 at 6:03am

Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. It's nothing to brag about. And those who preach faith, and enable and elevate it are intellectual slaveholders, keeping mankind in a bondage to fantasy and nonsense that has spawned and justified so much lunacy and destruction. Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don't have all the answers to think that they do. Most people would think it's wonderful when someone says, "I'm willing, Lord! I'll do whatever you want me to do!" Except that since there are no gods actually talking to us, that void is filled in by people with their own corruptions and limitations and agendas. And anyone who tells you they know, they just know what happens when you die, I promise you, you don't. How can I be so sure? Because I don't know, and you do not possess mental powers that I do not.
-- Bill Maher, Religulous

It's past time that something from Bill Maher's (in)famous film made it here. I particularly wanted to emphasize the portion in boldface, because even as religions are the inventions of men, the corruption and usury which they suborn are also the product of humankind. Such crap is to be resisted, boldly and without let until the lie of it is undeniable.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 19, 2018 at 6:37pm

It is sometimes difficult, in the wind tunnel of noise created by Trump’s most hysterical critics, to distinguish what is merely appalling from what is genuinely dangerous. Not everything the administration has done is wrong or disastrous — it has even gotten a few things right, such as the strike last year against Syria. But it is clear that Trump has already left so much destruction in his wake that it may be hard to put the pieces together again after he’s gone.


Tom Nichols, author of The Death of Expertise


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