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

Ingersoll Day August 11th

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Aug 12. 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 Patricia on March 22, 2018 at 1:51pm

Its been the ''answer'' for centuries, & look where its gotten us!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2018 at 10:14am

Read Henric Ibson's An Enemy of the People. 

Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2018 at 10:04am

Mind control, brainwashing, taught to obey, mass-prohibition against thinking, and I call, "mindbinding." Any way you name it, a huge segment of a population programmed to sustain lies, falsehoods, and fed ropaganda by religion and politics 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 22, 2018 at 6:42am

God is a gross answer, an indelicacy against us thinkers – at bottom, merely a gross prohibition for us: you shall not think!
-- Fredrick Wilhelm Nietzsche

Oh, you bet: "you shall not think" ... because if you do think, they and their bullshit both become transparent.  Independent thought by them is a no-no, because in the long term, they can't survive it.

Comment by Patricia on March 21, 2018 at 2:23pm


Comment by Loren Miller on March 21, 2018 at 2:04pm

You won't get an argument from me on that point, Patricia.  That's the ultimate point of such a meme as what religion foists on its sheep.

Comment by Patricia on March 21, 2018 at 2:02pm

I still maintain its brainwashing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2018 at 10:09am

Maciej, an excellent quote. I especially like the line, "I had the more difficulty getting rid of Him [the Holy Ghost] in that He had installed Himself at the back of my head..."

The Holy Ghost installed himself at the back of my head. Yes, that is what happened, subtle shadows reappear when I feel most vulnerable. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 21, 2018 at 6:36am

Thank you, Maciej, and welcome to the group!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 21, 2018 at 5:37am

Isn't it interesting that religious thinking and psychosis are so closely related you can't tell them apart?
-- Dr. Gregory House

Ya know, Greg ... that IS interesting! [grin!]  I suppose that's what comes of compartmentalization to avoid cognitive dissonance!


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