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 Loren Miller on May 27, 2018 at 5:46am

Extremism is not a problem if your core beliefs are truly non-violent.

The only problem with Islamic fundamentalism are the fundamentals of Islam.
-- Sam Harris

These two quotes, taken together, express the current issue with the confrontation between Islam and the world of the 21st century. Despite protestations to the contrary, there is an undeniable element to Islam which flies in the face of its claim to being a "religion of peace" and shows it off for the death-cult which it is. Indeed, its idea of "peace" is forcing the entire world to agree with it in submission to its undemonstrated god.

Sorry, not having any.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 27, 2018 at 5:34am

I wouldn't say that Christians are utterly "indifferent to the horrors of the earth," but they are notorious for exploiting those horrors, as well as the invented horror of hell, to cajole, harangue or otherwise intimidate others to their side.  Of course, what this does is increase their numbers and reduce the cognitive dissonance they have to endure.

The problem is that, because of the internet and other factors, the word is out on their cult, complete with full details of its self-contradictory nature, violence, homophobia and misogyny.  Certainly there are still those who adhere to its foolishness, but increasingly, their numbers are falling, while those of the disaffected rise.

Religion in the US is headed for a reckoning, and sooner or later, it will have to confront its own irrelevance in the face of those of us who reject its tenets and actively challenge its authority.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 27, 2018 at 2:07am

% of atheists who are women who say ... they do not believe in god = 94% 

% of atheists who are women who say ... religion is not at all important = 83%

~ Pew Research Center, Religion & Public Life, Atheists who are w...

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 27, 2018 at 1:54am

The Christian religion and morality extols the glory of the Hereafter, and therefore remains indifferent to the horrors of the earth. Indeed, the idea of self-denial and of all that makes for pain and sorrow is its test of human worth, its passport to the entry into heaven

~ Emma Goldman

Essay in the Journal Mother Earth (April 1913)

Comment by Loren Miller on May 26, 2018 at 6:36am

As more people become more intelligent they care less for preachers and more for teachers.
-- Robert G. Ingersoll

Well put, Robert, well put.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 25, 2018 at 2:39pm

Patricia, I like your opinion piece by Occam's Barber!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 25, 2018 at 2:38pm

Loren, excellent comments about opinions, as always. 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 25, 2018 at 5:55am

Rather reminds me of that old trope: "Opinions are like assholes: everybody's got one."  The obvious question becomes: what do you have to BACK UP your opinion?

Comment by Patricia on May 24, 2018 at 2:42pm

.....AND right to the point.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 24, 2018 at 2:40pm

DAMN, Patricia!  That is EXCELLENT!

 

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