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 Thomas Murray on January 14, 2018 at 12:43am


You're welcome. Being an extreme late bloomer in just about everything, I wasn't sure if I could contribute here among atheists who been around for a long while. Sort of like I am a kitten among lions.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2018 at 12:41am

Loren, I heartily agree with your statement about whining, bitching, moaning, to what good end. 

We need action, write letters and make phone calls to our congresspeople, bring the issues to public attention, develop our rationale to support our statements, participate in fundraising and mailings, challenge the opposition in respectful, specific, concrete ways, don't tolerate hedging on issues. 

How to Turn a Red State Purple (Democrats Not Required)

“Frequently, the people you really want in office are the people who have a life.” “They have jobs, and successful businesses, and other stuff.” But these are a necessary condition to turning around the unwieldy ship of a state Legislature. “You want the best possible people in those positions. It’s not going to happen by accident.”

~ Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, member of the Alaska House of Representatives

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2018 at 11:55pm

Thomas, thanks for the full version of An Atheist Manifesto by Joseph Lewis! I bought his book and see he has many other titles that interest me. 

Comment by Gary S on January 13, 2018 at 3:10pm

When religion gets into the driving seat, all hell breaks loose.

- Salman Rushdie

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 13, 2018 at 11:49am

I like the essay by Joseph Lewis.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 13, 2018 at 7:10am

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
– Edmund Burke

At times I wonder ... how many people who bitch about Trump or some other issue do nothing other than that – bitch.  Do they write their congresspeople?  Do they march?  Do they take substantive action against the problem or just bemoan the problem?

Comment by Patricia on January 12, 2018 at 9:34pm

Or at least share the wine.

Comment by Patricia on January 12, 2018 at 9:33pm

Thanks, Thomas. Excellent read.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 12, 2018 at 6:35pm

Right you are, Thomas. The previous line is With alcoholic ritual, the whole point is generosity. In other words, don't bother opening a freakin' bottle of wine if you're not going to drink the whole thing.

He has another fetching comment in this regard: Cheap booze is a false economy.

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 12, 2018 at 6:29pm


"...throw away the damn cork." ?...as to not choke on it?....I get the feeling it means something else.


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