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 Bertold Brautigan on February 20, 2018 at 4:20pm

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 20, 2018 at 9:09am

>god's abortions are not very nice.

Life begins at deception.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 20, 2018 at 8:58am

god's abortions are not very nice.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 20, 2018 at 6:41am

Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.
-- Hosea 13:16

Okay ... now what was that you were saying about how the bible argues for the protection of unborn children?

Comment by Loren Miller on February 19, 2018 at 2:46pm

Good stuff, Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 19, 2018 at 1:29pm

God: The Sick Creation of Man

I have posted this before, but the more I read it, the more like a poem it becomes, and the more powerful. It was not designed as a poem, but works well as one. It is written by a friend of mine who posts adverts in different places, including this one:


than that God,

perfect in every way,


needing nothing,

knowing everything

past, future and even possible;

a loving, just, merciful and forgiving Father;

would summarily create,

from innocent nothingness,

creatures capable of suffering,

knowing in advance,

which of those he will consign

to suffer eternally —

as promised by Jesus!

No act of his creature-victims

could justify this verdict of unsurpassable hate,

injustice and endless mercilessness.

All in all, the very definition of unforgiving.

Nothing more is needed,

though volumes provide it,

to prove that such a God

is not and never was,

except as the sick

creation of


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



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