Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

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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

Sam Harris on Morality and the Christian God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 13 hours ago. 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 yesterday. 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

Christianity Founded by a Murderer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman Apr 21. 4 Replies

Constantine did what?As he gained power, he became more suspicious of even family and friends. He ordered them to be put to death by various means.MaximianHis father-in-lawHe impelled to hang…Continue

Tags: baptized, escape, guilt, be, repent

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Comment by Loren Miller on March 18, 2018 at 3:43pm

The more we learn and grow, the less religion, it's foolishness, and it's a rationality make any kind of sense. So of course, religion tries either to reject, minimize, or co-opt science to maintain its control over the people that create and discover ... And in so doing revealed religion as the anachronism that it is.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 18, 2018 at 2:38pm

We could be 1,500 years ahead of where we are now if it hadn't been for the church dragging science back by its coattails and burning our best minds at the stake.

(Catherine Fahringer)

Comment by Loren Miller on March 18, 2018 at 9:40am

Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
-- Walter Anderson

Wow ... no commentary needed ... none at all.

Comment by Patricia on March 17, 2018 at 7:11pm

I used to volunteer at the extended health care facility next to the hospital. I stocked the concession store, & shopped for the residents for anything they needed in town, & delivered it back to them. That was back in my walking days, but it was great.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 17, 2018 at 6:21pm

Loren, I have a different view, I see humans not as defying nature as much as learning from nature, discovering how things work, and identifyong the principles upon which nature stands. I discern humanity looking into the sky and figuring out ways to make that next adventure happen. I perseive the inventor, explorer, and inquirer asking the tough questions, not willing to rely on superstition. 

The voice I hear implies, "Show me!"

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 17, 2018 at 6:06pm

Patricia, I agree, thoughts and actions would do me just fine. If one offers support to someone who needs it, a nice little muffin in a basket would do, or a reassuring comment, or an expression of compassion, or a ride to the doctor if that is a need, or a pat on the back for a job well done, or send money to the person, or vulunteer at a cancer facility, or make phone calls for the person. There exist so many ways to act as a means of support, I could fill this page, and so could you. 

What does prayer do? "I will pray for you." Five words implying nothing. The one offering the prayer can return to washing dishes, changing a tire, mowing the lawn, playing a game. "I will pray for you" means nothing changes.

I very much like the way Hannibal Buress says "Don't pray for me, make me a sandwich. We've heard him many times and I call on him once again to make my point. "Do somethng!" 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 17, 2018 at 5:50pm

That is right, Loren, that is the way it works. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 17, 2018 at 6:43am

Gods dont kill people. People with Gods kill people.
-- David Viaene

True enough.  A god who wanted to kill someone would have to exist first!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 16, 2018 at 4:34am

Never apologize for showing your feelings. When you do, you apologize for the truth.
-- Benjamin Disraeli

This is a lesson which could be better learned in the US, I think, where feelings too much become cards in a poker game.

Comment by Patricia on March 15, 2018 at 10:59am

Thoughts & prayers, is one of the most ridiculous phrases I've ever heard, & it has become so over used & old!

 

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