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

Sam Harris on Morality and the Christian God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 on Wednesday. 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 Loren Miller on April 24, 2018 at 6:25pm

Joan, in the case of music like this, while the meaning of the words can be important, it's the overall sense of the work and its performance that really matters.

Even with that, "quiet nights," quiet chords," "floating on the silence" – these words, associated with an accompaniment which hovers a fraction over silence itself only reinforces the ideas, spoken in a meaningful whisper, by comparison with so much of music today.

A long time ago, I learned a concept from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: "playing the silence."  To me, that is a large portion of what is happening here and with most if not all the rest of the first Getz / Gilberto album.  That their expression was made in near-silence and the expression was so profound is what impresses me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2018 at 6:10pm

Loren, I get your point, although I don't understand the words. The rhythm is nice and relaxing. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 24, 2018 at 3:45pm

Quiet nights of quiet stars,
Quiet chords from my guitar,
Floating on the silence that surrounds us.

-- Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Corcovado"

Interesting that you should mention the blues, Joan.  I listened to "Corcovado" last night, and it has elements of the blues in it, but there is nothing whining or complaining about this song or any song of the ilk which is bossa nova. Indeed, bossa nova is the mother of some of the most beautiful love songs I have ever heard, though none more lovely than this:

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2018 at 2:13pm

I don't like to listen to the songs about the Blues. It sounds like wailing and whining to me, playing the Victim role in life. 

If one feels like a victim, git up off your butt, put a book, or a shovel, or a pen in your hand and start doing something. It doesn't really matter what, just DO SOMETHING!

Being a victim is a choice. Choose something else to do. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 24, 2018 at 2:04pm

In a similar vein--

Man cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen.
     ~Michel de Montaigne

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2018 at 1:57pm

"Few nations have been so poor as to have but one god. Gods were made so easily, and the raw material cost so little, that generally the god market was fairly glutted and heaven crammed with these phantoms."
~ Robert Green Ingersoll - 1833-1899

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


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