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 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 Bertold Brautigan on March 20, 2018 at 5:59pm

When it comes to how dangerous the smoke from the [Texas] plant is, local officials and FEMA have given statements that range from "non-toxic" to "the plume is incredibly dangerous."


Comment by Loren Miller on March 20, 2018 at 5:48am

We owe a huge debt to Galileo for emancipating us all from the stupid belief in an Earth-centered or man-centered (let alone God-centered) system. He quite literally taught us our place and allowed us to go on to make extraordinary advances in knowledge.
― Christopher Hitchens

Considering the view of modern astronomy, the thought that we are literally at the center of it all isn't just absurd, it's demonstrably WRONG. Still, shepherds of men will continue to tell this to their sheep to feed their egos, before they stomp on them again with original sin.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 19, 2018 at 5:31am

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be lighted.
-- Plutarch

I heard this one yesterday while watching that excellent HBO series, From the Earth to the Moon, and it speaks directly to what we've been talking about here. To refuse to be restrained by religion is to light that figurative fire in oneself, creating a desire to grow and learn and progress as a result. It also means that absolutist teachings which cannot change, whether from the bible or the quran or whatever source, get relegated to the dustbin. Those "teachings" fail to adapt to the growth of human knowledge, never mind be willing to confront the fact that too many of them are simply WRONG ... and it's pretty hard to advance one's understanding of the world based on a lie.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2018 at 11:13pm

"YOU ARE WRONG ... and we can prove it."

Damn! I hate to face the fact I have to confront the people I hold most dear to my heart and say, " "YOU ARE WRONG ... and we can prove it." 

Being dependent for the last stage of my life, requires that I take a stand even if it costs me. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 18, 2018 at 9:55pm

Joan, I think there is a bit more to it.  It is also being willing to confront assumed authority and say, without embarrassment or shame, "YOU ARE WRONG ... and we can prove it."

I am becoming more and more convinced that one of the most important necessities of this life as it is the the confrontation of lies with the truth, and the repeated assertion that they are wrong and we are right!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2018 at 5:19pm

Loren, I agree, absolutely! It is the process of questioning, doubting old traditions, exploring new ideas, one has to leave behind superstition look to learned attitudes and behaviors! 

Gratefully and thankfully, we can think and act! We don't have to depend on faith to achieve a better quality of life!

I appreciate you. 

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.


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