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 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 Patricia on June 20, 2018 at 7:19pm

Yeah, & all are ''loved''......GAH!!!!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 20, 2018 at 7:17pm

Didn't there used to be this repeated trope about our all being god's children?  Aaaaah, why even waste your time with such crap when they themselves don't adhere to it?  Merde, alors!

Comment by Patricia on June 20, 2018 at 7:15pm

I remember a fellow in church who couldn't be in the moron priesthood because he was 1/8th aboriginal. I was very young, & didn't know what was what when it came to race, but I didn't think it was right even then.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 20, 2018 at 6:12pm

GC, the hell of it is, those "new revelations" are no more reliable or credible than the original crap.  Occasionally you get good things going on, like that one pronouncement which conveniently got out of the way of blacks when their rights were finally starting to become established in the US, but for the large portion, all it is is bullshit on top of more bullshit.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 20, 2018 at 4:54pm

"...the nature of those books disallows their correction or updating."

That's indeed evidence against a supernaturally wise and good being creating or inspiring those books!

Some religions have "supplements" that can reinterpret or overrule their older scriptures. Take the New Testament for Christians, or the Book of Mormon / Doctrine and Covenants / Pearl of Great Price that supplement the Christian Bible for Mormons (and they accept new revelations received by their President).

Comment by Loren Miller on June 20, 2018 at 6:09am

I wish that were the case, Compelled.  As it is, that quote came from a debate / dialectic discussion between Matt Dillahunty and Israel Rodriguez, an event which spanned several days and occurred a few years ago.  As you might imagine, Matt got in a LOT of very well-aimed shots at his opponent's belief system, with that quote being only one among many, and that's the kind of brilliance I have come to expect from him.

Comment by Compelledunbeliever on June 20, 2018 at 6:02am

That is a great quote...It sounds like something you would say!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 20, 2018 at 5:48am

If it [the bible] has to be interpreted, it is necessarily subject to human error. What kind of wise being would establish a system and write down their most important words in ancient books that die off and get translated and depend on people interpreting it right, fallible beings?
-- Matt Dillahunty

The above has to be one of the most perceptive and fundamental observations regarding the general problem with holy books: any room they allow for interpretation inevitably opens a Pandora's Box of disagreement and multiple takes on a phrase or a verse. Such a flaw is not just problematic; it is insuperable, because the nature of those books disallows their correction or updating.

Comment by Patricia on June 19, 2018 at 2:47pm

I can't feel very positive about the future there if the religion doesn't get off that pedestal.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 19, 2018 at 2:20pm

As does abject xenophobia, Patricia, which is sadly unsurprising.

 

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