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 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 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.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 23, 2018 at 10:11pm

AT, to answer your first question, this group was established in late September of 2017, to take the place of a previous Quotations group which was discontinued.

As for your second question, meaning is in the eye of the beholder.  There are currently 93 pages of quotes and commentary on them.  Many of the quotations posted since this group's inception have meaning to those who participate in it.  If you don't find anything meaningful here, I would suggest you post something that is at least meaningful to you.  Just understand the first sentence of this paragraph.

EVERYONE's mileage may vary.

Comment by Cane Kostovski on January 23, 2018 at 5:13pm

How old is this group? Where are all the meaningful quotes?

Comment by Cane Kostovski on January 23, 2018 at 2:34pm
“Here, where a thousand
Captains swore grand conquest. . .Tall
Grass their monument.”
― Basho
Comment by Patricia on January 23, 2018 at 1:57pm

It was her choice to marry into it, & become brainwashed herself. She was never one to question anything, so we were not surprised that she believed whatever they told her. Its just not pleasant to see her displaying the religious arrogance even though nothing is said in our company.

I knew then though, that a wall would be between us unless her husband finally woke up & smelled the coffee, (unlikely) because it would be him, if anyone, to change her mind.

Thankfully our boys are non-believers.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 23, 2018 at 1:37pm

Patricia, I am sorry the devil-religion creates a chasm in your family. 


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