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

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 June 11, 2018 at 4:20am

The religious see religion as universal and necessary, like air is necessary for life.  Here come the atheists and say, no, what you are doing is NOT universal, because we do without it and we do okay.  To them, it's tantamount to saying, "We don't breathe air."  And we don't ... breathe THEIR "air" so to speak, in that we don't believe without reason or substantiation.
-- me

Comment by Patricia on June 10, 2018 at 9:07pm

Glad, Loren. The news just said it was huge & several buildings were destroyed but not much else.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 10, 2018 at 9:03pm

I'm fine, Patricia.  The explosion was in East Cleveland, a fair distance from here.

Comment by Patricia on June 10, 2018 at 9:01pm

Are you ok Loren? The Cleveland explosion was on our news.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2018 at 8:27pm

I know, I also had to leave out Viracocha, Pachamama, Ayar Cachi, Manco-Capac, and a few thousand other gods and goddesses. 

Comment by Loren Miller on June 10, 2018 at 6:50pm

Joan, you forgot Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva ... among a few thousand others! [grin!]

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2018 at 4:25pm

Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

Needs of Homo sapiens reveals no need for Yahweh, God, Allah, Jupiter, Mars, Quirinus, Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Amaterasu, Ebisu, Fujin, Guanyin, Wangmu, Yan Wang, Adnoartina, Altjira, Ankotarinja, Krishna, Buddha, Imhotep or any of the hundreds of other gods humans worshiped over time and place. 

The individuals holding super-human powers were constructs created in the minds of humans.

~ Me

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2018 at 4:03pm

Who is Don Freeman?

" an American painter, printmaker, cartoonist, and an illustrator and writer of children's books."

I am sorry I did not run across Don Freeman's books. They appear to be exactly what I liked to give my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When I was able, I went to Auntie's Book Store, a wonderful place to sit and look through stacks of books finding just the right one for each child. Auntie retired recently and sold her store. 

Books by Don Freeman

Comment by Loren Miller on June 10, 2018 at 7:09am

People don't need religion, religion needs people. They're just corporations and they need your money to thrive. Religion doesn't make you a better person, intelligence and kindness does. Religion doesn't feed the poor, good people with big hearts do that. Just remember that.
-- Don Freeman

Beautifully put, Don, just plain beautifully put.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2018 at 1:30am


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