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 Joan Denoo on February 5, 2018 at 9:34pm

Loren, thank you for the addition of the theories of Creationism vs. Evolution. My list is getting very interesting. 

Creationism vs, Evolution
”Teach both theories; Let the kids decide”

Are we actually so naive that we think children have the cognitive ability to make good decisions during their school age? Maybe youngsters will be wise about alchemy and phrenology, even if those topics present much less difficult to learn than chemistry and neurology but what about that period of their lives when their hormones kick in and their decision making tool moves from the brain to their gonads?

Tell me, do you really believe that young adults can think with anything but their gonads? "Males have testicles, or testes, as their gonads, and females have ovaries as their gonads. ... The function of the gonads is to produce gametes for reproduction and secrete sex hormones?"

Theory of Creationism vs. Theory of Evolution
alchemy vs. chemistry
phrenology vs. neurology
magic vs. physics
astrology vs. astronomy
stork theory vs. biological reproduction   ~ Judith Hayes > Loren Miller

phlogiston vs. chemistry ~ Loren Miller
ether vs. light ~ Loren Miller

Word Count 186

Comment by Patricia on February 5, 2018 at 1:25pm

I printed out all the online posts J. Hayes did.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 5, 2018 at 8:13am

I enjoy the Judith Hayes quote every time I hear it.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 5, 2018 at 5:42am

If we are going to teach 'creation science' as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction.
-- Judith Hayes

And while we're at it, throw in the phlogiston theory of chemistry and the ether theory of light, at minimum!

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 4, 2018 at 4:42pm

Loren, glad you liked it as much as I did.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 4, 2018 at 2:04pm

Spud, that one is HILARIOUS!

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 4, 2018 at 12:04pm

Can allopathy and homeopathic medicine be taken together?


In fact, doctors often recommend taking your pills with water.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 4, 2018 at 10:28am

That's funny.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 4, 2018 at 6:28am

When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, "Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?"
― Quentin Crisp

The answer to this one should have been simple: "Yes," and if pressed for more detail, add, "Also the god of Islam, the god of the Jews, the gods of the Greeks, the gods of the Norse, the gods of the Hindus ... do I need to continue?" The corollary quote here should be obvious:

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 F. Roberts

Comment by Patricia on February 3, 2018 at 1:19pm

"I am a Humanist because I think humanity can, with constant moral guidance, create a reasonably decent society. I am terrified of restrictive religious doctrine, having learned from history that when men who adhere to any form of it are in control, common men like me are in peril. I do not believe that pure reason can solve the perceptual problems unless it is modified by poetry and art and social vision. So I am a Humanist. And if you want to charge me with being the most virulent kind – a secular humanist – I accept the accusation."

......James Michener


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