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.

Discussion Forum

Big Bang vs Electric Universe, Lawrence Krauss' response

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller 7 hours ago. 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

The Oneida Perfectionists

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller on Friday. 4 Replies

The Oneida Perfectionists had a vision of utopian life, and they structured their communities according to ideological similarities.1. First, it believed that its members had entered into an…Continue

Tags: communist, authoritarian, leadership, utopia, free-love

Christianity Founded by a Murderer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman Apr 21. 4 Replies

Constantine did what?As he gained power, he became more suspicious of even family and friends. He ordered them to be put to death by various means.MaximianHis father-in-lawHe impelled to hang…Continue

Tags: baptized, escape, guilt, be, repent

Basho

Started by Cane Kostovski. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 18. 16 Replies

“Here, where a thousandCaptains swore grand conquest. . .TallGrass their monument.”― BashoWhat does this quote mean to you? To me it portrays deep deep effort that was for nothing. Deep Deep Wasted…Continue

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 23, 2017 at 7:38am
A comedian?

No, a sadist. And that’s letting him off easy.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 23, 2017 at 5:37am

This one relates to yours a bit, Bertold:

God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh.
-- Voltaire

However, at least some of the "audience" has overcome its fear of this particular comic, to the point where we're not so much laughing WITH the comedian but AT him and his poor, dated material.  Considering the horrific elements he uses in his routine, I'd say that derision is well deserved!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 23, 2017 at 12:42am

The universe is a practical joke on the part of the general at the expense of the particular.

--Aleister Crowley

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 22, 2017 at 6:15pm
“Damn universe! It’s not obeying my mathematics!”
— Tom Sarbeck, narcissist.
Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 22, 2017 at 5:43pm
Ditto, Loren and Ruth.

Happily, the tendency toward narcissism I have for decades seen in some political leaders is coupled with a tendency toward a hardball kind of democratic behavior. It is not an idealistic kind of small-d Democratic behavior. (Dammit, this iPad insists on capitalizing some words I don’t want to capitalize.)
Comment by Loren Miller on November 22, 2017 at 5:09pm

Ruth, your Bushman quote is an astonishing (and more than a little disturbing) condensation of human nature, summed up in a handful of words.  An excellent contribution!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 22, 2017 at 3:53pm
"...After doing research on aggression and violence for over 30 years I have come to the conclusion that the most harmful belief people can have is the belief that they are superior to others (e.g., their religion, race or ethnicity, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, political party or ideology, school, city, state, country, etc. is best). When people believe they are superior to others, they behave very badly. Every person on this planet is part of the human family; no person is more or less valuable than any other person.”

Brad J. Bushman

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 22, 2017 at 6:34am

Loren, an excellent match of perspectives.

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 22, 2017 at 5:46am
Your Orson Welles quote inspired me to read his bio in Wikipedia.

I’m thinking he might have felt his minutes of aloneness more than other people feel their hours of aloneness.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 22, 2017 at 5:38am

Joan, in the vein of your Grayling quote, may I offer the following:

I will tell you what you did with Atheists for about 1500 years. You outlawed them from the universities, or any teaching careers, besmirched their reputations, banned or burned their books or their writings of any kind, drove them into exile, humiliated them, seized their properties, arrested them for blasphemy. You dehumanized them with beatings and exquisite torture, gouged out their eyes, slit their tongues, stretched, crushed or broke their limbs, tore off their breasts if they were women, crushed their scrotums if they were men, imprisoned them, stabbed them, disemboweled them, hung them, burnt them alive. And you have nerve enough to complain to me that I laugh at you.
-- Madalyn Murray O Hair

It occurs to me that they can dish it out, but they sure can't TAKE it!

 

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