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 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 23, 2018 at 6:42am

The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is then determined only by our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life's meaning. We long for a Parent to care for us, to forgive us our errors, to save us from our childish mistakes. But knowledge is preferable to ignorance. Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable. If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.
― Carl Sagan

Getting mankind to forsake those reassuring fables continues to be a challenging task, and laziness gives rise to desires for superimposed purpose rather than one that might be self-determined. That doesn't change the fact that Sagan had it 100% right.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 22, 2018 at 9:20am

I wonder what Peter Boghossian would think of Swift's statement, Bertold!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 22, 2018 at 8:38am

It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.

--Jonathan Swift

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 22, 2018 at 8:23am

In most political contexts, when your policies become unpopular, you change the policies. However, in the context of the prion disease, as the Republican policies became unpopular, the more they work to discredit, obviate, or destroy the vehicles by which that unpopularity can find voice. This is not the way a credible democratic republic survives. But this is the only political instinct to which the congressional Republican majorities respond.

--Charles Pierce

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 22, 2018 at 8:06am

. . . it does no good to say what the Bible “really” meant, if its actual influence on human behavior is something else.


--Neil deGrasse Tyson

Comment by Loren Miller on January 22, 2018 at 5:29am

I want an avowed atheist in the White House. When time comes to push that button, I want whoever's making the decision to understand that once it's pushed, it's over. Finito. They're not gonna have lunch with Jesus. Won't be deflowering 72 virgins on the great shag carpet of eternity, or reincarnated as a cow. I want someone making that decision who believes life on this Earth isn't just a dress rehearsal for something better -- but the only shot we get.
― Quentin R. Bufogle

The problem at the moment is that there may be an atheist in residence at the White House, just not an avowed one. This is where pretending at believing genuinely pisses me off. Worse, I'm convinced he WANTS to push that button and still doesn't understand why it never should be pushed.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 21, 2018 at 1:45pm

I value the time I have to myself.  I equally value the time I have with those who are most precious to me: my best friend, my wife, my daughter.  Most of all, I value MY LIFE and the fact that It Is MINE for however long that statement obtains.

And if I am pissed off or regret anything, it is that it took so goddamned long for me to get to this state.

Comment by Patricia on January 21, 2018 at 1:22pm

We prefer being alone, but we're not lonely.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 21, 2018 at 10:30am

Thanks Loren.  When feeling depressed because I have no friends or family that I can relate to, I need to be reminded that no price is too high for the privilege of owning myself.

Comment by Plinius on January 21, 2018 at 7:47am

I know the struggle, and it's very true; no price is too high!

 

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