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 Craigart14 Jun 1. 6 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

"We need a much broader conversation on what morality of pro-life is"

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Apr 28. 3 Replies

"I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a…Continue

Tags: Planned, Parenthood, contraception, Pro-life,, O.S.B.

Aron Ra on Gods, Demons, and the Meaning of Life

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 20. 2 Replies

This isn't quite a rant, but it's more than just a talk or a speech.  What follows here is the end of something Aron Ra delivered several years ago which has stuck with me practically since I first…Continue

Tags: soul, bible, skeptic, devil, god


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 14 Replies

"APHORISM XXV. He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or Church better than Christianity, and end loving himself better than all."~…Continue

Tags: Truth

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Comment by Loren Miller on May 31, 2019 at 6:19am

Christianity as preached by the likes of Carl Gallups is not about hating the evil and loving the good. It's about loving the evil and calling it good.
-- Steve Shives

This scathing observation was made in the penultimate video in Steve's series examining Carl Gallups' book, The Magic Man in the Sky. Considering an approach which utterly fails to reckon with the atheist's point of view regarding the bible and Christianity, Gallups deserves all the flagelating he gets here. His god IS evil, demonstrably so, and it deserves the excoriation it gets at Shives' hands.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 30, 2019 at 6:03am

Islamophobia is a word created by fascists, and used by cowards, to manipulate morons.
-- Andrew Cummins

I love it: blunt and accurate and completely descriptive of those who use that spurious term.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2019 at 11:41am

Loren, I see that Bertold is no longer a member of A/N. Do you have any idea why he left? I liked his comments very much and wish him well. 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 29, 2019 at 5:45am

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
-- Steven Weinberg

It's taken a while to get Weinberg's famous quote in here, and I'm glad that time has finally arrived. This is the one facet of religion I would think its practitioners would be most ashamed about.

Comment by Patricia on May 28, 2019 at 12:25pm

After 72 years of breathing, I've not seen any evidence that such a thing exists. All I do see is a lot of hypocrites making claims. 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 28, 2019 at 5:26am

The search for god can only result in the discovery of something you've put there yourself.
-- me

I'll stipulate that the above is true so long as there are no gods ... but then, when's the last time a god was demonstrated to exist beyond any doubt?

Comment by Patricia on May 27, 2019 at 12:27pm

My hackles always went up with the ''my way or the highway'' thing. As a kid, I never knew why, they just did.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 27, 2019 at 8:11am

Recall that heretic derives from the Greek hairetikos, meaning able to choose [emphasis mine].
-- Lawrence Sutin

The above was submitted back in April of 2018 by our buddy, Bertold, whose contributions are no longer with us, but which I was able to find by way of a Google search. I see that quote as enormously important, because the most fundamental of religious beliefs don't want to offer us a choice, other perhaps than Hobson's choice. It's their way or the highway, salvation or hell. Personally, I'll have the lasagna.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 26, 2019 at 7:38am

It seems to me there is less meanness in atheism, by a good measure. It seems that the spirit of religious self-righteousness this article deplores is precisely the spirit in which it is written. Of course he's right about many things, one of them being the destructive potency of religious self-righteousness.
― Marilynne Robinson

Sadly, atheism has, more recently, shown its own meanness here and there, but by and large, I have to agree with Marilynne in that meanness in religion is built-in, made a part of the warp and woof of its holy books, whereas in atheism its more a matter of disagreement between factions. This is why atheism may eventually conquer its meanness, whereas it will be almost impossible for religion to dispatch its own.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 25, 2019 at 6:53am

I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong.
-- Richard Feynman

The one experience that I hope every student has at some point in their lives is to have some belief you profoundly, deeply hold, proved to be wrong because that is the most eye-opening experience you can have, and as a scientist, to me, is the most exciting experience I can ever have.
-- Lawrence M. Krauss

Two brilliant physicists, both of them at home with the uncertainty of the relative world and at ease with being proven wrong. Contrast that with the average megachurch preacher!


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