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.

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Ingersoll Day August 11th

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 2 Replies

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)"When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood…Continue

Tags: fearless, joyous, freedom, Day, agnostic

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2018 at 8:45pm

"Intellectually religious emotions are not creative but conservative. They attach themselves readily to the current view of the world and consecrate it."
~ John Dewey
William James, John Dewey, John M. Capps, Donald Capps (2005). “James and Dewey on Belief and Experience”, p.180, University of Illinois Press

con·serv·a·tive, adjective, "holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion."

pro·gres·sive, adjective, favoring or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas.

What about condoning ideas such as slavery, submissive wives, corporal punishment of children, allowing refugees into our country, the wealth gap, money buys elections? 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 16, 2018 at 5:26am

And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence
-- Bertrand Russell

Depends on what kind of god we're talking about, I suppose. The god of the bible seems to be so insecure and arrogant and micromanaging that vanity would be among its primary characteristics. Keep in mind that this is the same god "whose name is Jealous" (Exodus 34:14), and jealousy and vanity have a bad habit of traveling together.

Comment by Plinius on July 15, 2018 at 6:39am

thanks Loren! I like the company here very much!

Comment by Loren Miller on July 15, 2018 at 6:09am

Of all religions the Christian is without doubt the one which should inspire tolerance most, although up to now the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.
-- Voltaire

You'd think that, wouldn't you? What a shame it doesn't work out that way.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 15, 2018 at 5:59am

Hope you're not too lonely around here, Chris!

Comment by Plinius on July 14, 2018 at 11:43pm

Always the outsider, most of the time not angry, sometimes lonely.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 14, 2018 at 6:05pm

The John Birch Society Lyrics 

By Michael Brown
Oh, we're meetin' at the courthouse at eight o'clock tonight
You just walk in the door and take the first turn to the right
Be careful when you get there, we hate to be bereft
But we're taking down the names of everybody turning left
Oh, we're the John Birch Society, the John Birch Society
Here to save our country from a communistic plot
Join the John Birch Society, help us fill the ranks
To get this movement started we need lots of tools and cranks
Now there's no one that we're certain the Kremlin doesn't touch
We think that Westbrook Pegler doth protest a bit too much
We only hail the hero from whom we got our name
We're not sure what he did but he's our hero just the same
Oh, we're the John Birch Society, the John Birch Society
Socialism is the ism dismalest of all
Join the John Birch Society, there's so much to do
Have you heard they're serving vodka at the WCTU?
Well you've heard about the agents that we've already named
Well MPA has agents that are flauntedly unashamed
We're after Rosie Clooney, we've gotten Pinkie Lee
And the day we get Red Skelton won't that be a victory
Oh we're the John Birch Society, the John Birch Society
Norman Vincent Peale may think he's kidding us along
But the John Birch Society knows he spilled the beans
He keeps on preaching brotherhood, but we know what he means
We'll teach you how to spot 'em in the cities or the sticks
For even Jasper Junction is just full of Bolsheviks
The CIA's subversive and so's the FCC
There's no one left but thee and we, and we're not sure of thee
Oh, we're the John Birch Society, the John Birch Society
Here to save our country from a communistic plot
Join the John Birch Society holding off the Reds
We'll use our hand and hearts and if we must we'll use our heads
Do you want Justice Warren for your Commissar?
Do you want Mrs. Krushchev in there with the DAR?
You cannot trust your neighbor or even next of kin
If mommie is a commie then you gotta turn her in
Oh, we're the John Birch Society, the John Birch Society
Fighting for the right to fight the right fight for the Right
Join the John Birch Society as we're marching on
And we'll all be glad to see you when we're meeting in the John
The John, the John Birch So- ci- I- teee

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 14, 2018 at 5:57pm

Outsider or insider? I do not remember feeling an outsider, rather I felt included in everything into which I wanted to be included. I often felt engulfed, as a child and as an adult. Throughout my education years, I liked to dream up project and others joined in with me. In elementary school, I wanted to show off my pet collie and it grew into a "Bring your pet to school day." There were dogs, cats,  mice, reptiles, arachnids, and just about any living creature you can imagine. 

In high school, I wanted to know more about chemistry and proposed a Chemistry Day Convocation. One exhibit stands out, mix sugar and sulfuric acid and you get carbon. The auditorium was standing on their feet to see it as it happened. 

Sulfuric Acid and Sugar - Dehydration of Sugar Experiment

I also belonged to the Latin Club and I organized a Latin Dinner where we wore togas, had olive halos, ate Roman foods of the ancient day, i.e. figs, grapes, olives, and The Chad Mitchell Trio sang romantic songs. I don't have a recording, but here is Chad and his original trio: 

The Chad Mitchell Trio - John Birch Society

Comment by Patricia on July 14, 2018 at 2:53pm

No, but I'll look. Thanks, Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 14, 2018 at 2:44pm

Ever read Colin Wilson's classic?

 

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