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.

Discussion Forum

Sam Harris on Morality and the Christian God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 11 hours ago. 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 yesterday. 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 Joan Denoo on April 27, 2018 at 10:15pm

~ Ruth Hurmence Green, The Born Again Skeptic's Guide To The Bible.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2018 at 4:16pm

"The potential difference (voltage) across an ideal conductor is proportional to the current through it. The constant of proportionality is called the "resistance", R. Ohm's Law is given by: V = I R where V is the potential difference between two points which include a resistance R."

OK!?

No wonder I can't understand how a computer works!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2018 at 3:51pm

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

~ Thomas Merton. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2018 at 3:50pm

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. 

~ Immanuel Kant Quotes. (n.d.). BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018, from BrainyQuote.com Website: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/immanuel_kant_163227

Comment by Patricia on April 27, 2018 at 1:02pm

That's a goodie.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2018 at 5:55am

For a guy who isn't a scientist or an engineer, Dan makes a great point with the above.  I mean, I'm pretty secure about Ohm's Law.  How genuinely certain are believers about, oh, say, salvation?  Or how well prayer works?  As certain as V=IR?!?  I don't think so!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2018 at 5:25am

[shrug] Yeah, that, too.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 26, 2018 at 9:28pm

Or a load of shit, wrapped in brutal political power, inside a reality tv show

Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2018 at 8:44pm

Good compliment to my quote, Bertold, and it really points out the utter absurdity of religion in the 21st century.  That people could have a world of information at their fingertips and yet still believe in iron-age superstitions amounts to a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 26, 2018 at 7:46pm

The ridiculous belief that humanity could be cursed and condemned to eternal torment because mythological characters fiddled with the wrong fruit has caused more suffering and mental illness than any other “religious” or political concept in history.

It still amazes me that seemingly normal people—folks with pagers and computers—folks who can fill out their own tax forms and program their VCRs, can walk around and smile with this malignant spiritual tumor nestled deep within their otherwise intelligent brains. It’s not only absurd, it’s downright toxic!

~Lon Milo Duquette

 

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