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

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jun 2. 2 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 Joan Denoo on October 12, 2017 at 5:34pm

"People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.” 
― Emma Goldman

Comment by Patricia on October 12, 2017 at 2:18pm

Thanks Loren, I thought so too.

Keeping that, Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 12, 2017 at 12:21pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 12, 2017 at 11:59am

"An altruist is one who would be sincerely sorry to see his neighbor's children devoured by wolves."

H. L. MENCKEN, A Little Book in C Major

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2017 at 11:38am

You have it exactly, Carl.  I wrote a piece about Christian submission some years ago, and my opinion regarding their take on it hasn't changed.  Too many religions are all about turning followers into sheep, so that they can be led and shorn at will.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 12, 2017 at 11:31am

With all these quotes about religion, I'm reminded how frequently we hear the criticism that the word "Islam" means "submission to god."

Honestly, any religion should be named Islam.  

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2017 at 6:34am

There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Have to admit, lately I'm far more concerned about the tyrant right here and now.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2017 at 6:31am

Excellent, Patricia, and very damned true.

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 10:17pm

Take responsibility

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 11, 2017 at 8:12pm

Nice one, Alan. A religious upbringing, unless it's an exposure to the many choices, including none of the above, is pure unadulterated child abuse in my book. I haven't encountered Ruth Green before, but her thought here is very impressive.

 

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