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 Bertold Brautigan on June 25, 2018 at 7:10pm

Well the good old days may not return

And the rocks might melt and the sea may burn

I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing

~Tom Petty

Comment by Patricia on June 25, 2018 at 1:11pm

Sounds like a plan, Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 25, 2018 at 6:04am

By the way, Patricia, I really like the meme you put up.  As it happens, I'm working on something for what may be my next blog entry that has to do precisely with the issue of god being hidden.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 25, 2018 at 5:59am

What we've learned from history is that we haven't learned from history.
-- Matthew Modine as Dr. Don Francis in And the Band Played On

Really, we have and we haven't, which is to say some of us care about history and some of us apparently don't ... and I presume at least most of this audience remembers what George Santyana said about learning from the past.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 24, 2018 at 5:49am

A God who kept tinkering with the universe was absurd; a God who interfered with human freedom and creativity was tyrant. If God is seen as a self in a world of his own, an ego that relates to a thought, a cause separate from its effect. he becomes a being, not Being itself. An omnipotent, all-knowing tyrant is not so different from earthly dictators who make everything and everybody mere cogs in the machine which they controlled. An atheism that rejects such a God is amply justified.
-- Karen Armstrong

And I have no time for such "an omnipotent, all-knowing tyrant," especially when it doesn't demonstrably exist.

Comment by Patricia on June 23, 2018 at 11:55pm

I'm with you Joan....absolutely nothing to laugh at where he's concerned.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 23, 2018 at 11:12pm

Sorry, Loren, I have stopped laughing at the mention of Donald Trump! 

IMO Trump has profound mental disorders that make him unfit to be POTUS. The recent order to kidnap children from parents who want to create a better life for themselves and their children is only one bit of evidence of his incompetence. Trump lacks valid thinking processes, has no empathy for the effects of his edicts, and displays adolescent behaviors of self-worth. He harms and I mourne. There is no laughter in me 

~ "Duty To Warn is an association of mental health professionals and other concerned citizens who advocate Trump’s removal under the 25th Amendment on the grounds that he is psychologically unfit."

Comment by Loren Miller on June 23, 2018 at 5:55pm

We also laugh at Donald the clown, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 23, 2018 at 3:27pm

"The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown."

~ Carl Sagan, Broca's Brain (1979), p. 64 ISBN 0394501691

Comment by Loren Miller on June 23, 2018 at 5:49am

You don’t have to be brave or a saint, a martyr, or even very smart to be an atheist. All you have to be able to say is “I don’t know”.
― Penn Jillette

And it astonishes me how difficult it is for believers to make that simple concession.  However, I would amend Penn's statement to add: "and neither do YOU."

 

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