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 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 Idaho Spud on July 11, 2018 at 11:21am

AMPLIFIED is the thought I had when reading that quote.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 11, 2018 at 5:41am

Man had created God in his own image, not the other way around. He had done it through sheer terror, and who could blame him? Unfortunately he had made too good a job. The god he had invented was just as cruel and careless as man himself. Not a deity to whom one should seriously address a prayer.
-- Richard Herley

So ... man took all his worst impulses, amplified them, and called the result, "god." Bloody lovely.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 10, 2018 at 12:33pm

"I believe that economists put decimal points in their forecasts to show they have a sense of humor." - William Gilmore Simms

Comment by Loren Miller on July 10, 2018 at 7:11am

If we go back to the beginnings of things, we shall always find that ignorance and fear created the gods; that imagination, rapture and deception embellished them; that weakness worships them; that custom spares them; and that tyranny favors them in order to profit from the blindness of men.
-- Paul-Henri, baron d'Holbach

"Ignorance and fear" ... which need to be fought with knowledge and understanding.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 9, 2018 at 11:44pm
"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love."

― Lao Tzu
Comment by Loren Miller on July 9, 2018 at 3:48pm

... the truth is not you(r) or your client's friend.
-- Michael Cohen, to Rudolph Giuliani [and client Donald Trump]

It doesn't take a gymnast to see that someone may be getting ready to FLIP.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 9, 2018 at 4:58am

Judgment is based on fact. Faith presupposes reaching conclusions based on myth and superstition. Not fact.
-- James M. Martin

James had a lot of wise and well measured words to share with us while he was here. The above is one sample among many.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2018 at 9:37am

OH! Loren, I hope you are right.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 8, 2018 at 9:34am

Wow, Joan.  I don't know as I've ever been 42 years in ANY one place, but I very much get Ted Geisel's sentiment.  Been there, done that, at least insofar as the experience of something that ended painfully, yet was so worth it, during and after, because of the growth it catalyzed in me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2018 at 9:29am

I am badly in need of this thought:

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
Dr. Seuss

My home is now clear of all my stuff and the cleaning starts today. I am privileged to have those 42 years on that patch of Earth! 


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