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 26, 2018 at 8:00pm

Human society has progressed because it has learned to require of its members both rebellion and respect, and because it has discovered social mechanisms that over time balance those qualities.

--Lee Smolin

Comment by Loren Miller on February 26, 2018 at 5:44am

The final test of truth is ridicule. Very few dogmas have ever faced it and survived.
-- H.L. Mencken

A modern-day corollary to the above came from the 2009 Center for Inquiry's Blasphemy Contest:

The reason religious beliefs need protection from ridicule is that they are ridiculous.
-- Michael Nugent

Once again, no additional commentary needed.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 25, 2018 at 6:20am

I am unable to believe in a God susceptible to prayer. I simply haven't the nerve to imagine a being, a force, a cause which keeps the planets revolving in their orbits, and then suddenly stops in order to give me a bicycle with three speeds.
-- Quentin Crisp

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
-- Emo Philips

No further comment necessary, really.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 24, 2018 at 10:20am

Perfect quotes, Loren. <sigh> If only everybody appreciated them.

Good one on Elizabeth Warren, Joan.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 24, 2018 at 7:22am

I can describe Elizabeth Warren in three words:


And I wish we had one hell of a lot more like her.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2018 at 7:02am

There is something about the way Elizabeth Warren pulls ideas together and makes cohesive sense that I like. 

Comment by Loren Miller on February 24, 2018 at 6:47am

A Trio:

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.
-- Marcello Truzzi

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
-- Carl Sagan

The weight of evidence for an extraordinary claim must be proportioned to its strangeness.
-- Pierre-Simon Laplace

And an important corollary:

What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.
Christopher Hitchens, the quote now known as Hitchens' Razor

Comment by Cane Kostovski on February 23, 2018 at 10:16pm

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" Carl Sagan

Comment by Cane Kostovski on February 23, 2018 at 10:14pm

It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. Carl Sagan

Comment by Loren Miller on February 23, 2018 at 9:59pm

He's not really dead ... as long as we remember him.
-- Dr. Leonard H. McCoy, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

On that basis, Carl Sagan shall live for a very long time, indeed, as shall Christopher Hitchens, Robert Green Ingersoll, and too many others to mention.


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