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 19, 2018 at 4:36am

Religious moderation is the product of secular knowledge and scriptural ignorance.
― Sam Harris

OR ... it could also be the product of both secular and scriptural knowledge, with the accompanying understanding of the relative reliability of the first, compared to the utter unreliability of the second. Knowing how to evaluate and grant trust to your sources of information is critical ... and the ultimate form of "religious moderation" may well be said to be atheism!

Comment by Patricia on February 18, 2018 at 5:47pm


Comment by Loren Miller on February 18, 2018 at 5:47pm

Long story short, Patricia: faith is for suckers.

Comment by Patricia on February 18, 2018 at 5:45pm


Comment by tom sarbeck on February 18, 2018 at 1:30pm


Comment by Loren Miller on February 18, 2018 at 12:36pm

Tom, you were warned about bringing your BB v EU arguments here.  Your comment regarding that issue has been removed.  Do so again and you will be suspended from this group.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 18, 2018 at 7:30am

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
-- Carl Sagan

Living life based on what IS strikes me as a far better approach than based on what is NOT ... but maybe that's just me...

Comment by Loren Miller on February 18, 2018 at 6:35am

Box or cage, religion amounts to the same thing: the artificial imposition of an idea or meme which unnaturally restricts thought and action ... and there is nothing good that comes from that.

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. 


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