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.

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Ingersoll Day August 11th

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 2 Replies

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)"When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood…Continue

Tags: fearless, joyous, freedom, Day, agnostic

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

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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!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 15, 2018 at 6:45am

I feel that we should stop wasting our time trying to please the supernatural and concentrate on improving the welfare of human beings. I think that, uh, we should use our energy and our initiative to solve our problems, and stop relying on prayer and wishful thinking. If we have faith in ourselves, we won't have to have faith in gods.
― Ruth Hurmence Green

Especially considering that "thoughts and prayers" has fallen into disfavor with the recent mass shootings, perhaps people would begin to realize that there is NO "supernatural" to appeal to, and that if something is going to change from the status quo, WE are the ones who will have to make that change happen.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 15, 2018 at 5:57am

Regarding your quote, Bertold, what's even worse is that we're the ONLY western nation that seems to have a problem with gunfire in the classroom.

Now ... why is that?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 14, 2018 at 9:42pm

Compared to ending an unjust war in Southeast Asia, or demanding the rights that should have accrued to you as an American at birth, what these kids are demanding doesn’t seem to be that big a deal. They would prefer not to take live fire in their classrooms and watch their friends, and prom dates, and football heroes, and beloved teachers shot down in front of them. That really doesn’t seem like that heavy a lift for an evolved democracy.

--Charles Pierce

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 14, 2018 at 2:39pm

"Whenever I get an email from some kid, asking: 'What should I do? My parents are making me go to church every Sunday, but I don't believe that stuff anymore!', my answer to them is: 'Go! Go and ask LOTS of questions. Chances are they'll stop making you go.'"
—Matt Dillahunty


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