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 Plinius on February 17, 2018 at 11:51pm

You were in a dark box, Tom, the churches and the parents build them.. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on February 17, 2018 at 11:01pm

Plinius, thank you. When I broke with Catholism I knew I didn’t want a life like my Catholic dad’s life but didn’t know an alternative.

I pictured myself inside a dark box and didn’t know what was outside it. It was not a pleasant experience.

I was in college and in the library found books that compared the major xian religions, the major world religions, and the various origin myths. I read them and knew I had a choice between agnosticism or atheism. I made it easily. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 17, 2018 at 6:29pm

Comment by Plinius on February 17, 2018 at 9:27am

And see us fly!

Comment by Loren Miller on February 17, 2018 at 7:58am

Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.
-- Alejandro Jodorowsky

The above speaks at least a bit to the issue of children indoctrinated with religion. They're brought up with the understanding that certain "truths" are absolute and beyond question, even though they make no logical sense. Shedding those lies once they've been drilled in can be monumentally difficult, and that doesn't even mention the anger and resentment which may follow.

Comment by Plinius on February 16, 2018 at 11:18pm

Tom Sarbeck - for a religious indoctrinated child, growing up in isolation, it's a hell of of a job. You know what you don't want because you see it doesn't work, but to find out the alternatives and how they work costs years.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 16, 2018 at 6:27pm

Comment by Cane Kostovski on February 16, 2018 at 5:57pm

You always have the choice of the thing or not taking (accepting) the thing. Of course the deck might be stacked against you and you don't know you have the choice not to accept it.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on February 16, 2018 at 4:50pm

Patricia, and others, how does one choose when one doesn’t have at least two alternatives from which to choose?

For instance, kids who grow up in authoritarian, or dogmatically religious, homes don’t learn of two or more alternatives. They don’t have alternatives.

For two more instances, kids who have caregivers who only take offense and adults who are in desperate enough circumstances also don’t see alternatives.

I have a right to express a view dogmatically to myself. Doing so might help me learn to stop expressing myself dogmatically.

Comment by Patricia on February 16, 2018 at 1:24pm

Being offended, or not, is a choice.


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