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

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

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

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Comment by Loren Miller on June 7, 2018 at 4:54am

@Joan I say again: wow ... just wow.

@Bertold Ain't that just a hell of a note?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 7, 2018 at 1:21am
Hatred is the most accessible and comprehensive of all unifying agents.

~Eric Hoffer

An enemy unifies a nation more than anything else, whether he exists in fact or in fantasy.

~Gary Lachman
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2018 at 2:52pm

The New Republic,

"The Seymour Hersh Weekly" by Josephine Livingstone, 

June 1, 2018

In 1974, Hersh heard that “Nixon’s wife Pat was in a hospital after being punched by her husband. It was not an isolated occasion."

He did not report on the story, “because it represented “a merging of private life and public life. Nixon didn’t make policy decisions because of his bad marriage, went the argument.

Hersh was ‘taken aback’ by the response from women fellows, who pointed out that he had heard of a crime and not reported it. 

“All I could say, is that at the time I did not—in my ignorance—view the incident as a crime.”

Hersh opened his new book “observing his oversight in categorizing domestic violence as a crime must be recorded as a failing of that age

I wonder how life would have been for today's women and men if domestic violence had been perceived as a crime of assault in my grandparent's time?

Comment by Patricia on June 6, 2018 at 2:50pm

Aron Ra is terrific!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 6, 2018 at 5:09am

I am atheist because truth matters more than whatever I want to believe, because only accurate information has practical application.
-- Aron Ra

As an engineer and therefore a pragmatist, my response is simple: HEAR-HEAR!!!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 5, 2018 at 10:45pm
The worse things get, the more you need to find something to laugh at.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 5, 2018 at 10:19pm

Bertold, the question is begged: how much love OR compassion is extant in our current politics to be dragged to the surface in the first place?  Right at this moment and with the current administration considered, I am not at all sanguine about the answer to that question.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 5, 2018 at 9:51pm
"Love and compassion have to be dragged to the surface of our politics, and, even when all the effort is expended to do so, there’s still no guarantee that anyone will buy them."

~Charles Pierce
Comment by Loren Miller on June 5, 2018 at 5:55am

When one of us does a foolish thing, you should tell them it is a foolish thing. They can still continue to do it, but at least the truth is where it needs to be.
-- Dukhat of the Grey Council, Babylon 5

I'd swear I posted this quote elsewhere, but no matter.  I very much enjoy the wisdom of Babylon 5, or that of J. Michael Straczynski, if you will, and there's a lot of it to be found in that show.  Seems to me that the Legislative and Executive branches of our current government could stand to attend this sample!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 4, 2018 at 5:01am

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
-- Henry David Thoreau

Even in a post-factual world, I will go with Thoreau's choice ... because sooner or later, the truth does assert itself and sometimes painfully, and especially to those who think they can either do without it or deny it without penalty.


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