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 February 15, 2018 at 5:36am

To 'choose' dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid.
― Christopher Hitchens

And we all know how well that Kool-Aid worked out with Jim Jones now, don't we?

Comment by Loren Miller on February 15, 2018 at 5:33am

An attitude with which I am very familiar, Joan.  Thanks for rephrasing it in your own words.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2018 at 11:13pm

“I am,” “I see, hear, smell, taste, feel, need, do, act, hurt, enjoy, confront, overpower, submit, play, hunt, fish, fly, dive, control, fear, compare, think, reason, analyze, choose, decide, like, dislike, reject, hold, follow, stand, and etc,”

`I am responsible for my happiness, safety, security, and stability. 

No one makes me happy, sad, mad, glad, competent, or confident. 

Comment by Loren Miller on February 14, 2018 at 8:33pm

I own a copy of Godless and have read it as well.  It's a damned good read and not just about Dan's deconversion.  Highly recommended.

Comment by Patricia on February 14, 2018 at 2:02pm

Well worth the read.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 14, 2018 at 2:00pm

I've not yet read it and don't own it.

Comment by Patricia on February 14, 2018 at 1:37pm

I own that book.

Comment by Plinius on February 14, 2018 at 12:04pm

Very true!

Comment by Loren Miller on February 14, 2018 at 11:55am

Barker nails it and no surprise at all.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 14, 2018 at 11:15am

Nice one, Spud. So true!


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