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

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jun 2. 2 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 May 24, 2018 at 1:12pm

The doesn't exist part is my choice.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 24, 2018 at 7:30am

And commenting on your entry, Bertold:

Either God can do nothing to stop catastrophes like this, or he doesn't care to, or he doesn’t exist. God is either impotent, evil, or imaginary. Take your pick, and choose wisely.
-- Sam Harris

I rather go for Choice "C," myself...

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 24, 2018 at 7:21am

Comment by Loren Miller on May 24, 2018 at 6:06am

There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Especially considering people tend to emulate those they admire ... though what there is to admire about Yahweh just escapes me!

Comment by Loren Miller on May 23, 2018 at 5:17am

Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.
-- Edward Abbey

Considering the incredible size and complexity of this universe, I'd have to say the above is intuitively obvious!

Comment by Loren Miller on May 22, 2018 at 5:42am

"How do you know when you're God?" "When I pray to him I find I am talking to myself."
-- Peter Barnes

Yeah ... funny thing, that.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 22, 2018 at 2:29am

Yes, I believe in the tyranny of the majority. If the majority think the earth is flat when it is, in fact, an oblate spheroid, and if the flat earth people crucify the oblate-spheroid-believing people, that is an example of the tyranny of a majority. 

If the majority of the population believe that god exists as described in the bible and that group crucifies those who do not believe in god, that is the tyranny of a majority. 

If the majority of the people believe in a just war and they persecute those who do not agree,  that is the tyranny of a majority. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. said it better than I:

"It is unfortunate that demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham, but it is even more unfortunate that the city's white power structure left the Negro community with no alternative."

~ Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail, 16 April 1963

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 22, 2018 at 1:10am

"These things I believe: That government should butt out. That freedom is our most precious commodity and if we are not eternally vigilant government will take it all away. That individual freedom demands individual responsibility. That government is not a necessary good but an unavoidable evil. That the executive branch has grown too strong, the judicial branch too arrogant and the legislative branch too stupid. That political parties have become close to meaningless. That government should work to ensure the rights of the individual, not plot to take them away. That government should provide for the national defense and work to ensure domestic tranquillity. That foreign trade should be fair rather than free- That once a year we should hang someone in government as an example to his fellows."

~ Lyn Nofziger, from World News Daily, May 21-22, 2018 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 21, 2018 at 5:41am

A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.
-- Bertrand Russell

Let it be noted that hallucinations include personal experiences of god, at least in the bulk of cases.  When the SAME hallucination appears to ALL of us in EXACTLY the same way ... it may just be that event isn't so hallucinatory!

Comment by Loren Miller on May 21, 2018 at 5:37am

Shades of "the tyranny of the majority," eh, Joan?

 

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