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 Patricia on July 14, 2018 at 1:23pm

Agreed Loren. Was always the outsider, in school, church, & the neighbourhood, right from my first memories Then in adult life as well because I never fit in with most people, but prefer the loner status now.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 14, 2018 at 8:15am

When you’ve been made an outsider, you’re always angry.
-- Harlan Ellison

I know something about this, having been an outsider in high school and college, and indeed, most of my adult life. The shunning that occurs, whether overt or covert, leaves one hell of a bad taste in one's mouth. In the case of my high school experience, it's soured me to the point where I've turned down an offer to attend their 50th anniversary reunion. It may have been half a century ago, but some memories remain too fresh to ignore.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 13, 2018 at 4:32pm

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security.
-- Benjamin Franklin

You KNEW I had to follow with that one, didn't you, Bertold?  [grin!]

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 13, 2018 at 4:27pm

People who assure you that you can only gain security at the price of liberty usually want to deny you both.

~Timothy Snyder

Comment by Loren Miller on July 13, 2018 at 5:35am

Blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the Creator of human intelligence.
-- Anonymous

[chuckle] No kidding!

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

I like this quote, Loren:

"ignorance and fear created the gods;

that imagination, rapture, and deception embellished them;

that weakness worships them;

that custom spares them; and

that tyranny favors them in order to profit from the blindness of men.

~ Paul-Henri, baron d'Holbach

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 12, 2018 at 5:45pm

As Timothy Snyder explains in his fine and frightening On Tyranny, a minority party now has near-total power and is therefore understandably frightened of awakening the actual will of the people.

~Adam Gopnik

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 12, 2018 at 11:11am
Everything is weird and awful.

~Charles Pierce
Comment by Loren Miller on July 12, 2018 at 6:25am

The only thing that guarantees an open-ended collaboration among human beings, the only thing that guarantees that this project is truly open-ended, is a willingness to have our beliefs and behaviors modified by the power of conversation.
-- Sam Harris

In other words, Be Willing To LEARN!!! Problem is, believers (especially the likes of Ken Ham!) don't think they have anything to learn.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 11, 2018 at 11:21am

AMPLIFIED is the thought I had when reading that quote.


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