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

Sam Harris on Morality and the Christian God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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 on Wednesday. 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 May 17. 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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on April 28, 2018 at 11:20am

Scientists do not join hands every Sunday....  I love that quote.  Thanks for that illustration to go with it, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 28, 2018 at 8:02am

There is much in the Bible against which every instinct of my being rebels, so much that I regret the necessity which has compelled me to read it through from beginning to end. I do not think that the knowledge which I have gained of its history and sources compensates me for the unpleasant details it has forced upon my attention. 
Helen Keller

A BLIND woman saw this ... but then, unlike some of her sighted and believing brethren, she actually READ the stupid thing from Genesis through Revelation.  What's that old phrase?  "There are none so blind as those Who Will Not See."

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2018 at 11:39pm

"That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man. That is the whole Bible; the rest is mere commentary."

~ Rabbi Hillel the Elder 

"But later I learned that conventional Christianity really is founded on those literal beliefs, and not the Golden Rule. Why? The way I see it, all that Christians really care today about is eternal life -- they're scared shitless over the possibility of a meaningless, purposeless life followed by an eternity of unconscious nothingness, and they will believe any kind of absurdity to avoid it. Worse, as Voltaire warned, their willingness to believe in absurdities allows them to commit atrocities in the name of earthly safety and security (money-grubbing, denying others social safety nets, and supporting wars of choice for profit and nationalistic vainglory, to name several examples). Consequently, I've since come to view Christianity as an essentially selfish faith, since it has nothing to do with really helping others except as a convenient means of achieving everlasting life for themselves."



Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2018 at 10:15pm

~ Ruth Hurmence Green, The Born Again Skeptic's Guide To The Bible.


Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2018 at 4:16pm

"The potential difference (voltage) across an ideal conductor is proportional to the current through it. The constant of proportionality is called the "resistance", R. Ohm's Law is given by: V = I R where V is the potential difference between two points which include a resistance R."


No wonder I can't understand how a computer works!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2018 at 3:51pm

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

~ Thomas Merton. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2018 at 3:50pm

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. 

~ Immanuel Kant Quotes. (n.d.). BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018, from BrainyQuote.com Website: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/immanuel_kant_163227

Comment by Patricia on April 27, 2018 at 1:02pm

That's a goodie.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2018 at 5:55am

For a guy who isn't a scientist or an engineer, Dan makes a great point with the above.  I mean, I'm pretty secure about Ohm's Law.  How genuinely certain are believers about, oh, say, salvation?  Or how well prayer works?  As certain as V=IR?!?  I don't think so!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2018 at 5:25am

[shrug] Yeah, that, too.


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