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 Gary S on November 6, 2017 at 9:41pm

I would challenge anyone here to think of a question upon which we once had a scientific answer, however inadequate, but for which now the best answer is a religious one.

- Sam Harris

Comment by Patricia on November 6, 2017 at 12:19pm

They really need to get a new phrase.....thoughts & prayers don't work & the words are meaningless, & too over-used.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 6, 2017 at 11:24am
Charles M. Blow concluded with “...weapons against American democracy.”

Had Blow wanted to tell the truth he would have concluded his remark with “...weapons against oligarchy.”
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 6, 2017 at 10:39am
Russia used American technology and American companies as weapons against American democracy.

Charles M. Blow

LOL, well put Bertold.

Perfect Nietzsche quote, Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 6, 2017 at 10:39am

One would think that prayers would be unnecessary for anyone residing in what should be perceived as the bosom of god's grace: his church ... yet crimes of all sorts have been committed in his supposed premises and under his aegis ... as though there were nothing he could do about it.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 6, 2017 at 9:14am

Thoughts and prayers? Jesus Christ, you should pardon the expression, these 26 people were gunned down in church. I think the “prayers” part was pretty well-covered, you indolent dolts.

Charles F. Pierce

Comment by Loren Miller on November 6, 2017 at 5:06am

Doubt as sin. — Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature — is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.
― Friedrich Nietzsche

I wonder if Nietzsche was so much thinking of doubt on the part of atheists and skeptics as he was the insistence on unvarnished, absolute certainty in the belief in Yahweh by those still in thrall to the church. Any variance from the prescribed dogma is dangerous, because it can give rise to a schism at minimum and complete departure from the faithful at worst. And, of course, that dogma is nothing more than someone's say so, with nothing behind it.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 5, 2017 at 9:50am

Joan, for the record, you are also a woman with class ... full stop.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 5, 2017 at 9:50am

Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose. This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It’s us. Only us. Streets stank of fire. The void breathed hard on my heart, turning its illusions to ice, shattering them. Was reborn then, free to scrawl own design on this morally blank world.
-- Alan Moore, "Watchmen"

Watchmen was NOT a happy little flick by any stretch, nor is it anything like most other superhero movies.  Most superhero movies and indeed most ordinary movies wouldn't have such a blunt, naked statement like the above as part of the script.  A good thing, from where I sit.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2017 at 2:22am

I am of the class of women who classifies people. 


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