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

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 Loren Miller on February 21, 2018 at 11:50am

Religion has had a free ride for entirely too long.  It's past time they paid the piper.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 21, 2018 at 11:14am

Poor babies don't want to be accountable.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 21, 2018 at 10:30am

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 21, 2018 at 8:13am

From The Nation - interesting commentary on Hunter S. Thompson's Hells Angels:

  • Most people read Hell’s Angels for the lurid stories of sex and drugs. But that misses the point entirely. What’s truly shocking about reading the book today is how well Thompson foresaw the retaliatory, right-wing politics that now goes by the name of Trumpism. After following the motorcycle guys around for months, Thompson concluded that the most striking thing about them was not their hedonism but their “ethic of total retaliation” against a technologically advanced and economically changing America in which they felt they’d been counted out and left behind. Thompson saw the appeal of that retaliatory ethic. He claimed that a small part of every human being longs to burn it all down, especially when faced with great and impersonal powers that seem hostile to your very existence. In the United States, a place of ever greater and more impersonal powers, the ethic of total retaliation was likely to catch on.

--Susan McWilliams

Comment by Loren Miller on February 21, 2018 at 7:07am

If God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish Him.
― Mikhail Bakunin

Hey, the Klingons got rid of theirs, and they did just fine! [chuckle]

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 20, 2018 at 11:00pm

Bertold, thank you for that powerful poem, it gives me shivers. The idea clearly states the problem and scope of its influence. 

No act of his creature-victims

could justify this verdict of unsurpassable


injustice and 

endless mercilessness.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 20, 2018 at 10:22pm

Joan, do you know what pisses me off, damned near more than anything else?  That these people, these men and women who believe the bible HAVE NOT READ IT.  Certainly not all of it and absolutely not with the kind of dispassionate clarity that we have.

They want to look for redemption because they think they're in need of it, mostly because they've been told that they need it.  We want to look for TRUTH, and because we find none, we skewer it and deservedly so.

And therein lies the tragedy, spawned of a myth.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 20, 2018 at 10:08pm

"what was that you were saying about how the bible argues for the protection of unborn children?"

~ Loren Miller 

"Samaria shall become desolate;

for she hath rebelled against her God:

they shall fall by the sword:

their infants shall be dashed in pieces,

and their women with child shall be ripped up"

Hosea 13:16 KJV

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 20, 2018 at 10:01pm

“Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For indeed that's all who ever have. ”
Margaret Mead, The World Ahead: An Anthropologist Anticipates the Future

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 20, 2018 at 4:20pm


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