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.

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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 Cane Kostovski on March 31, 2018 at 8:08pm

Yay Patricia!

Comment by Patricia on March 31, 2018 at 7:13pm

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Comment by Loren Miller on March 31, 2018 at 2:31pm

Good question, Cane.  We at least try to deal with that elsewhere on A|N

Comment by Cane Kostovski on March 31, 2018 at 2:24pm

Loren, what about bullying? It is sometimes toted as a way to teach a boy how to be a man...how do you break that cycle?

Comment by Loren Miller on March 31, 2018 at 1:42pm

The sad thing is that there are so many people who are utterly deaf to the idea and the gift which is kindness ... and that they have no concept of what they've missed.

Comment by Cane Kostovski on March 31, 2018 at 1:27pm

Right on the money, Bertold.

Comment by Patricia on March 31, 2018 at 1:12pm

Out of favour doesn't mean we can't choose to read his quotes.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 31, 2018 at 12:42pm

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

--Mark Twain

Comment by Loren Miller on March 31, 2018 at 7:39am

Yeah, I know about how Krauss has fallen out of favor because of his antics.  Doesn't make his words any less true.

Comment by Cane Kostovski on March 31, 2018 at 2:46am

Right on, Patricia

 

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