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

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

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

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Comment by Patricia on April 6, 2018 at 6:57pm

Never have liked the term, & even less as a girl's name.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2018 at 6:52pm

Gwaithmir and Loren, I agree! Faith is not something for which to be proud; it is a signal of thoughtless irresponsibility. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 6, 2018 at 6:49pm

Gwaithmir, if faith equates to anything, it's gullibility. Somehow or other, we need to strip faith of the respectability it has inappropriately earned.

Comment by Gwaithmir on April 6, 2018 at 6:43pm

"Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. lt's nothing to brag about. And those who preach faith and enable and elevate it are our intellectual slaveholders, keeping mankind in a bondage to fantasy and nonsense that has spawned and justified so much lunacy and destruction." (Bill Maher)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 6, 2018 at 11:39am

To me, greatness goes a little deeper than how much marble we put in our hotel lobbies and whether we have a Soviet-style military parade. America at its best is a place where people from a multitude of backgrounds work together to safeguard the rights and enrich the lives of all. That’s the example we have always aspired to set and the model people around the world hunger to see. And no politician, not even one in the Oval Office, should be allowed to tarnish that dream.

--Madeleine Albright

Comment by Loren Miller on April 6, 2018 at 4:44am

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
-- Richard Dawkins

And in association with that:

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
-- Stephen F. Roberts

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 5, 2018 at 8:49am

A good world needs knowledge, kindliness and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men. 

--Bertrand Russell

Comment by Loren Miller on April 5, 2018 at 7:17am

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.
-- Noam Chomsky

Not a huge fan of Chomsky here, but in this case, he's is on the nose.  Having freedom of speech as a right means having to tolerate speech you don't like ... and a corollary of that is:

Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters.
-- Rosa Luxemburg

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2018 at 3:33pm
"We kill at every step, not only in wars, riots, and executions. We kill when we close our eyes to poverty, suffering, and shame. In the same way all disrespect for life, all hard-heartedness, all indifference, all contempt is nothing else than killing. With just a little witty skepticism we can kill a good deal of the future in a young person." : - Hermann Hesse, German poet, and novelist.
When is enough, enough? Clothes, piles, and piles of clothes stacked to be given away to be replaced by more clothes!
When is enough, enough? Pots, pans, and skillets of one elite brand, and added pots, pans, and skillets of another elite brand! 
I write of the growing gap between rich and poor and learn that I am "negative!" 
When is the distinction made between being "informed" and being "negative?"
"We kill when we close our eyes to poverty, suffering, and shame."

Comment by Loren Miller on April 4, 2018 at 6:34am

Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind, and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded prospect.
-- James Madison

Sounds very much like William Blake's "mind-forged manacle" which Christopher Hitchens so often cited.


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