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 Cane Kostovski on January 25, 2018 at 1:24pm

I like and want to use the quote by Jonathan Swift that Bertold shared. Is that one reason why we share quotes here, to spread them everywhere? I don't want to step on anyone's feet.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 25, 2018 at 6:39am

I will not attack your doctrines nor your creeds if they accord liberty to me. If they hold thought to be dangerous – if they aver that doubt is a crime, then I attack them one and all, because they enslave the minds of men.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Long story short: fuck with my freedoms, especially freedom of thought and speech, at your own risk.

Comment by Cane Kostovski on January 24, 2018 at 10:31pm

Sorry Loren. I was responding to Joan's comments about "The implication that "My family, or team, or nation, or race is better than yours," surrounds us in personal conversation and all forms of the media.". I was ranting. Sorry if it was the wrong place to rant.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 24, 2018 at 9:42pm

And just WHAT does the Venus Project have to do with this group?  This group is about quotations which have meaning to those who subscribe to this group, and I would appreciate that any submissions conform to that basis or direct commentary on it.

Comment by Cane Kostovski on January 24, 2018 at 2:15pm

The Venus Project advocates the breakdown of nationalism.and nation states. They advocate one planet wide technological cooperative if cooperative is the right word. As close to Utopia as we can get. Maybe that's why people don't believe it can be done. They don't think humans can pull it off or even whether humans deserve Utopia. Trump has put this idea of RBE at the forefront of my mind. I'm telling everyone about RBE because I think it is a workable solution to poverty, war, politics, food scarcity everywhere on the planet, universal health care, sustainable energy, everything we would need for a full happy life for everyone. So forgive me if I sound like a broken record.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 24, 2018 at 9:42am

I like it, Bertold, bad grammar and all!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 24, 2018 at 9:01am

Bad grammar but a good thought:

Comment by Loren Miller on January 24, 2018 at 5:40am

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
― Stephen Roberts

Oh, but OURS is THE right one, they will say ... for no other reason than that's the one they grew up with, the one they were indoctrinated in, and of course, the one all their friends believe. This plays a bit to the quote Joan put up below, too, because it isn't just about my nation, team or race. Religion is in there, too, playing the same stupid game.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 24, 2018 at 3:36am

The implication that "My family, or team, or nation, or race is better than yours," surrounds us in personal conversation and all forms of the media. These ideas distort not only how people think but how they act. Policies and practices grow out of these twisted notions. 

I don't understand competition. Oh! I know people will tell me that group cohesion benefits by a team organizing to defeat another. 

I am far more interested in competence, cohesiveness, cooperation that grows out of notions of partnership. How would our life be different if individuals and politics were more interested in including the health and wellbeing of this living planet? 

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind." 
Albert EInstein
I would say, "It is the measles of humankind. 
Comment by Cane Kostovski on January 23, 2018 at 11:24pm

Loren, I didn't look hard enough for the quotations. Since you said that there are 93 pages, it clicked in my head that I need to browse the comments. Thanks for the info. I will be browsing them some tomorrow. Have a good night. And thanks again.


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