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 Joan Denoo on March 23, 2018 at 11:51am

Loren, a perfect description, I like the whole quote, he sums religion up exactly as I see it. 

"life crucified and nothingness exalted.
― Michel Onfray

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 23, 2018 at 8:32am

The fundamental error most people make is mistaking statements that make them feel comfortable for true statements.

--Gleb Tsipursky

[I've actually had a friend tell me "I'm going to listen to news that makes me feel good, and that's Fox News."]

Comment by Loren Miller on March 23, 2018 at 5:31am

The three monotheism share a series of identical forms of aversion: hatred of reason and intelligence; hatred of freedom; hatred of all books in the name of one book alone; hatred of sexuality, women,and pleasure; hatred of feminine; hatred of body, of desires, of drives. Instead Judaism, Christianity, and Islam extol faith and belief, obedience and submission, taste for death and longing for the beyond, the asexual angel and chastity, virginity and monogamous love, wife and mother, soul and spirit. In other words, life crucified and nothingness exalted.
― Michel Onfray

Monsieur Onfray, I believe you have it there.

Comment by Patricia on March 22, 2018 at 11:24pm

Never trust the clergy. If they believe what they're preaching, they're insane. If they don't believe it, they're liars. Either way, they are not to be trusted.
M. Twain

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

Yes!

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.

 

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