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 Joan Denoo on September 29, 2017 at 10:14pm

"A free race cannot be born of slave mothers."

~ Margaret Sanger

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2017 at 10:09pm

I'm having difficulties posting, too, Patricia. I spend all day today constructing a piece, and it refused to post; I went to fix dinner and now find the comment disappeared. The good news is that when one of my compositions disappears into the ether, and I write it again, it turns out to be a better-written document than the first. But! I'm tired tonight. Maybe I will tackle the subject again tomorrow. 

Comment by Gary S on September 29, 2017 at 10:05pm

Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.
Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

- Mark Twain

Comment by Patricia on September 29, 2017 at 6:18pm

Why is posting lately, like pulling hen's teeth?!

Comment by Patricia on September 29, 2017 at 6:16pm

Morons are big on revelations!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 29, 2017 at 5:28pm

“It is a contradiction in terms and ideas, to call anything a revelation that comes to us at second-hand, either verbally or in writing. Revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication—after this, it is only an account of something which that person says was a revelation made to him; and though he may find himself obliged to believe it, it cannot be incumbent on me to believe it in the same manner; for it was not a revelation made to me, and I have only his word for it that it was made to him.”

 --Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, 1794

Comment by Terry Groff on September 29, 2017 at 12:52pm

I like that one F.A.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 29, 2017 at 12:18pm

Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from making bad decisions. --  Unknown

Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2017 at 5:40am

People who don't want you to think are never your friend.
-- TheraminTrees

The above has been on TheraminTrees' YouTube page for as long as I can remember, and I've been impressed with its succinct wisdom for about as long.  Religious leaders don't want you to think; they want you to FEEL, to engage emotions rather than intellect.  While that may be fine in certain circumstances, emotion and fact too frequently make poor bedfellows, at least from where I sit.

Comment by Patricia on September 28, 2017 at 1:59pm

You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend.

   Richard Jeni


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