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

Big Bang vs Electric Universe, Lawrence Krauss' response

Started by Joan Denoo 2 hours ago. 0 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 on Friday. 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


Started by Cane Kostovski. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 18. 16 Replies

“Here, where a thousandCaptains swore grand conquest. . .TallGrass their monument.”― BashoWhat does this quote mean to you? To me it portrays deep deep effort that was for nothing. Deep Deep Wasted…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2018 at 1:54pm

Loren, U.S. government today stinks of rot. To clean up rot, it takes, fungi, bacteria, and critters eating on it until it is consumed, or a deep burial.

To clean up govenment rot:  

1. Strengthen Public Sector Accountability by declaring assets in order to prevent conflicts of interest.

2. Ensure Transparent, Competitive Public Procurement by awarding government contracts with public scrutiny.

3. Investigate And Prosecute Corruption by creating an independent judiciary that investigates and prosecutes corruption.

4. Require Transparent Political Party Financing by warning that powerful individuals, businesses, and interest groups can influence elections through secret campaign contributions -- raising the risk of political corruption.

5. Ensure Access To Information, by the vigilance of investigative journalists, civil society, and whistleblowers.

Source: Five Tips For Cleaning Up Corruption

Comment by Patricia on April 24, 2018 at 1:39pm

Good one!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2018 at 1:38pm

Bertold, priceless, "When you are stupid..."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 24, 2018 at 8:37am

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 24, 2018 at 8:24am

Man is himself the creator of his heaven or hell, and there are no demons except his own follies.

~ Eliphas Levi

Comment by Loren Miller on April 24, 2018 at 5:41am

Gods always behave like the people who make them.
-- Zora Neale Hurston

That does seem to be the pattern, doesn't it?

Comment by Loren Miller on April 23, 2018 at 5:49am

How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.
-- Henry David Thoreau

Geez, Hank, prescient much?

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2018 at 2:48pm

I like Black's quote! Timely for our situation. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 22, 2018 at 8:39am

The founding fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role it has in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.
-- Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black

The above quote came from the Supreme Court decision in US v New York Times and was cited toward the end of the movie, The Post. To say it is timely in the current day is to state the obvious.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2018 at 1:33am

If god exists, there would be many universities of peace, instructions on how to work with different races, there would be no class and indeed no class warfare. There would be information about our common traits and the things we have in common. 

If god exists there would be evidence of unifying all beliefs, dogmas, litanies, traditions, and values into a coherent whole. 

If god exists we would be led by choirmasters leading songs of people from around the globe singing together in celebrations of our lives. 

Because there is no evidence that god exists, Homo sapiens have to figure out a way to live on the planet without killing each other and all living forms. 

There are some who say, "The universe is drifting toward disorder." I don't see that. Scientists can predict the movement of stars in their paths to the hour. 

I am not a physicist. However, existence seems to be very ordered. The ways human beings think and act appear to grow even more chaotic.  Especially with Trump, and the chaos created by his minions making disorder. It isn't the physical aspects of the planet; it is the social aspect that seems to be going to a literal hell. 


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