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 Aug 12. 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 Bertold Brautigan on July 24, 2018 at 4:11pm
"For the last five centuries, ever since Gutenberg’s printing press made book reading a popular pursuit, the linear, literary mind had been at the center of art, science, and society. As supple as it is subtle, it’s been the imaginative mind of the Renaissance, the rational mind of the Enlightenment, the inventive mind of the Industrial Revolution, even the subversive mind of Modernism. It may soon be yesterday’s mind."

~Nicholas Carr
Comment by Loren Miller on July 24, 2018 at 5:36am

...traditions mindlessly adhered to do not serve the individual.  Indeed, they subjugate the individual, typically as a means of keeping him or her under control for the benefit of those in authority.
-- me

I originally wrote the above in reference to circumcision, but it applies just as well to any action or ritual repeated without thought as to the reason why. Generally, religion doesn't want its adherents to think about reasons so much as obligations to its tenets. The second anyone starts asking, "Why," they might also ask, "Why not?"

Comment by Loren Miller on July 23, 2018 at 1:33pm

The reference to Chaucer came up in Hitchens' interview with Anderson Cooper regarding Falwell's death and is wonderful evidence of Christopher's instant grasp of a proper reference to more fully skewer his target!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 23, 2018 at 12:49pm

Falwell and Pat Robertson were frequent targets of Hitch and his posse member Martin Amis. Amis once referred to them as con artists of Chaucerian proportions.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 23, 2018 at 12:20pm

Bertold, the man Hitchens was referring to was Jerry Falwell, and the exact quote was:

If you gave [Jerry] Falwell an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox.

I've gone looking for a YouTube snippet of that statement and thus far come up empty. Still, it was one of the most acidic comments the Hitch ever made about anyone, and certainly well-earned.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 23, 2018 at 11:51am

Loren, somehow that reminds me of an insult the Hitch once delivered. Unfortunately I've forgetten to whom it was directed. The comment was If you gave him an enema you could bury him in a matchbox.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 23, 2018 at 5:52am

Take from the church the miraculous, the supernatural, the incomprehensible, the unreasonable, the impossible, the unknowable, the absurd, and nothing but a vacuum remains.
-- Robert G. Ingersoll

In other words, the church is selling a pig in a poke ... and I'm not buying.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 22, 2018 at 6:47am

For sure!

Keep the daily quotes coming, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 22, 2018 at 6:25am

Religion does three things quite effectively: Divides people, Controls people, Deludes people.
-- Carlespie Mary Alice McKinney

R'Amen.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2018 at 6:03am

Loren, I agree, David Frum wrote a powerful piece that is well worth the time and effort to read. He is a conservative Republican and writes compellingly.   

 

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