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.

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Ingersoll Day August 11th

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Aug 12. 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 Joan Denoo on November 12, 2017 at 2:07am

Tom, Hunter Thompson’s non-answer made me laugh. 

And, which of my many questions do you want me to answer? I'm boiling over with questions and find no workable answers. So, you get to join me in my questioning. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2017 at 2:01am

Tom, why are you going to wait until Monday to watch Fiddler on the roof?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2017 at 2:00am

Bertold, I like "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2017 at 1:58am

Tom, you have me stumped. I know I am slow, maybe a bit stupid, but I don't get it: 

"turn a quotation into its negative and think on the contradiction."

“Good prevails when evil people do nothing.”

Bad prevails when good people do something. 

Is that what you mean?

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 12, 2017 at 1:57am
Bert, Hunter Thompson’s non-answer is no answer.
Joan, please do answer your questions.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2017 at 1:43am

New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement
An explosion of new activism offers a ray of hope in these dark political times.
By Joshua Holland

"The widely held view that Trump is an illegitimate president who’s poised to enact an agenda combining the worst of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s “granny-starving” fiscal conservatism with White House consigliere Steve Bannon’s ethno-nationalism has fueled the formation of dozens of new grassroots resistance groups."

I may be biased, and I think Trump is outrageously exploitive and manipulative, he is an obvious liar, does not care who he hurts or how he impedes decent legislation. His fantasies come from some deep place in his warped mind, his rigging of reality seems to mesmerize some who believe his make-believe. He thinks he knows and he simply is wrong. He does not know and he does not know that he does not know. 

Have I blasted enough? No! I have a second barrel to my shotgun. I'll hold it until later. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 12, 2017 at 12:29am
On Monday I will again see Fiddler on the Roof.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 12, 2017 at 12:27am
  • >How is the common man and woman going to get out of this mess we are in? What strategies offer options? What groups hold the best promise for a healthy rebuilding of our world?  

Joan - the best answer to your question I've heard is from Hunter S. Thompson:

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2017 at 12:17am

Tom, being a scion of a long ancestry requires some kind of nudge to move beyond tradition. I loved "Tradition" as expressed by Fiddler on the Roof. 

College opens minds to all kinds of ideas, some of the ancient beliefs become nonsense while new options appear and slice open a Pandoras Box of gifts. 

By the way, Pandoras Box was, historically, the gift giver, not the giver of evil or trouble. The Patriarchy killed the goddesses and changed the meanings of symbolic language.

It was the Patriarchy that captured Hypatia, stripped the flesh from her bones, burned them, and denounced the goddesses of her sphere.

The Patriarchy continues its destructive influence over those wretched people who follow the likes of Trump and his minions. I think we are seeing the end of that corruption.  

How is the common man and woman going to get out of this mess we are in? What strategies offer options? What groups hold the best promise for a healthy rebuilding of our world?  

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 11, 2017 at 11:57pm
Joan, re your “What if children are taught, self-respect/respect for others?” Post:

My growing-up experiences persuaded me that parents who were not taught all that block their children’s attempts to learn it.
 

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