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 Idaho Spud 5 hours ago

I like Rooney because he often spoke uncomfortable truths and because he was an amusing curmudgeon.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan 7 hours ago
Yep, the religionists got things perfectly backwards.
Comment by Patricia 7 hours ago

Comment by Loren Miller 14 hours ago

Speaking of which:

Comment by Randall Smith 14 hours ago

The God/SantaClaus comparison has always been one of my  "go to" arguments, although I've never had the guts to say "Grow up" to a believer.

Comment by Loren Miller 15 hours ago

We all ought to understand we're on our own. Believing in Santa Claus doesn't do kids any harm for a few years but it isn't smart for them to continue waiting all their lives for him to come down the chimney with something wonderful. Santa Claus and God are cousins.
― Andy Rooney

For all his curmudgeonly attitude, Rooney spoke sometimes uncomfortable truths in his 60 Minutes commentaries and elsewhere. This is a premium example.

Comment by Patricia yesterday

Those above the law pedestals have always irritated me no end.

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

No argument, Bertold ... none at all.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan yesterday
This one's short and to the point:

"The truth hurts: Make no mistake, if you support the Catholic Church, you support the rape and sexual abuse of children."

~Michael Stone
Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

As long as any bishop still looks at a priest’s sexual abuse of a child as a “sin” rather than a “crime” nothing will change.
— Marie Collins, former member of Pope Francis’ Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

Ms. Collins makes an exceptionally cogent point here. "Sins" are a church matter and are therefore handled by the church, through confession and other mechanisms. Crimes are a societal matter, outside the church's purview, and are dealt with the civil and criminal court system, which is typically NOT under the church's control, though their are exceptions, as Patricia noted.  Complicating the whole situation is the fact that most churches, Roman Catholic included, stand on a pedestal, above the law, in the eyes of too many.

What is required here is the recognition that the position of the church is NOT deserved, that it is subject to civil and criminal law, the same as any other human organization and that violations of that law by agents of ANY church should be handled no differently.


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