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 Idaho Spud on October 2, 2017 at 1:53pm

The satisfactions of manifesting oneself concretely in the world through manual competence have been known to make a man quiet and easy. They seem to relieve him of the felt need to offer chattering interpretations of himself to vindicate his worth. He can simply point: the building stands, the car now runs, the lights are on. Boasting is what a boy does, who has no real effect in the world. But craftsmanship must reckon with the infallible judgment of reality, where one's failures or shortcomings cannot be interpreted away. (Emphasis added) From Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 2, 2017 at 6:39am

I've searched my conscience, and I can't for the life of me find any justification for this, and I simply cannot accept that there are on every story two equal and logical sides to an argument.
-- Edward R. Murrow

I have liked the above quote practically from the first time I heard it.  Considering the "fair and balanced" crap we get from Faux Noise (which is anything BUT fair or balanced) and the insistence from some quarters that both sides in some arguments deserve to be heard, sometimes there is just one side with the facts and the other which simply has NONE.

Comment by John Loftis on October 1, 2017 at 9:49pm

“We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.” 
― Richard DawkinsThe God Delusion

One of my all time favs

Comment by Gary S on October 1, 2017 at 5:33pm

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.

- Bertrand Russell

Comment by Terry Groff on October 1, 2017 at 5:27pm

Well Loren, as I always say, I'd rather be pissed off than pissed on. :-)

Comment by Loren Miller on October 1, 2017 at 11:26am

Terry, in my case, the truth too often tends to PISS ME OFF!!!  Whereupon I tend to make the ears of my government representatives ring more than a little!

Comment by Terry Groff on October 1, 2017 at 11:23am

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.”
-- Aldous Huxley

Comment by Loren Miller on October 1, 2017 at 7:16am

During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.
-- James Madison

Seriously ... name me the positive accomplishments of Christianity on your fingers, and I will wager you will have fingers to spare.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 30, 2017 at 1:23pm

"I thought they [Tea Party voters] were voting for libertarian Republicans. But after some soul-searching, I realized when they voted for Rand and Ron [Paul] and me in these primaries, they weren't voting for libertarian ideas. They were voting for the craziest son of a bitch in the race. And Donald Trump won best in class."

Representative Thomas Massie

As Bad as the GOP Is, There Are Clear Signs It’s Only Going to Get ...

Comment by Patricia on September 30, 2017 at 1:19pm

Lots of good ones!

 

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