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 Idaho Spud on February 14, 2018 at 11:11am

Dan Barker in his book "Godless":

Comment by Loren Miller on February 14, 2018 at 5:28am

Faith is not a process or a procedure but an abandonment of both. Faith can "discover" anything, truth of falsehood, then attempt to glorify what it found for no other reason than that it found them.
-- me

As a result, faith can empower any principle it wants and be all things to all people who practice it ... which, in effect, makes it nothing to no one.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 14, 2018 at 5:17am

Personally, I'd love to know how god can be a verb when the non-existent jackass doesn't DO anything!

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on February 14, 2018 at 1:25am

Joan, did Mary Daly show how she used God as a verb?

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2018 at 11:34pm

"A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan."

~ Mary Daily, 1968, The Church and the Second Sex.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2018 at 11:26pm

God is not a noun, but a verb. 

~ Mary Daly, Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation, 1973. 

Comment by Gary S on February 13, 2018 at 9:56pm

To find yourself, think for yourself.

- Socrates

Comment by Patricia on February 13, 2018 at 3:46pm

Right on, & he's so likable too. Thank you.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 13, 2018 at 3:44pm

More Ricky, eh?  Okay:

How's that?

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 13, 2018 at 2:11pm

You had me worried for a second there, Ricky.


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