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 Loren Miller Jul 2. 3 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 19, 2018 at 6:22am

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
-- John F. Kennedy

Mr. Trump, Mr. Sessions, I'm looking at YOU when I cite the above in the light of your draconian policy regarding the current immigrant situation. Your utter lack of empathy shows entirely too well, and it's past time you did something about it.

Comment by Patricia on June 18, 2018 at 1:21pm

He's a favourite.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 18, 2018 at 7:18am

I like his attitude!

Comment by Patricia on June 17, 2018 at 2:09pm

Yeah, well physics is way beyond me with my grade 10 education.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 17, 2018 at 1:46pm

Oh, I don't know, Patricia. I'm fairly certain of the laws of physics, since they don't vary too much. Pretty clearly, it was the absolute certainty that the Christians claim that Hitchens was speaking to.

Comment by Patricia on June 17, 2018 at 12:51pm

The only thing I'm certain of is that I can never be certain of anything.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 17, 2018 at 12:30pm

Much appreciated, Spud.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 17, 2018 at 7:14am

Good quotes, Loren, and I especially like your comment on the last one.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 17, 2018 at 6:16am

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species.
-- Christopher Hitchens

Sadly, even in the adolescence of Homo sapiens, the whiny little kid of religion insists on tagging along and demanding all the attention it can garner.  It needs to be told to GROW THE FUCK UP ... because we can't afford its petulant immaturity anymore.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 16, 2018 at 5:18am

The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
-- Delos B. McKown

Actually, they don't "look" like much of anything at all, which follows if you think about it.


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