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.

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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 Patricia on July 5, 2018 at 3:18pm

What's the great part?

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 5, 2018 at 3:11pm

Following up on the quote Ruth shared:

Daryl Davis said that Donald Trump "won the election on one word, one word only. And that word was 'again.' "

"When was 'again?' Was it back when I was drinking from a separate water fountain? Was it when I couldn't eat in that restaurant over there? ... Make America Great Again -- before I had equality?"

("Is 'Make America Great Again' Racist?", VOA News)

I saw a video (don't have the link handy) where he elaborated that "every politician wants to 'make America great'", but "again" was meant to harken back to a time of segregation and unabashed white privilege, and, like "take our country back" recalling a Klan slogan, evoke a time "when little white boys and girls didn't have to go to school with little N-words".

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 5, 2018 at 1:48pm
The Make America Great Again hat is this generation’s Ku Klux hood. When was America so great anyways? Name that time period?

rapper Pusha T 

Comment by Patricia on July 5, 2018 at 12:38pm

This gets more frightening by the minute!

Comment by Loren Miller on July 5, 2018 at 8:08am

You wouldn't want a pedophile watching your children and in the same vein, I don't want a doomsday cult running my government.
-- Leo Wolf

Yet right now we have an idiot-child president, playing footsie with the Religious Reich and doing everything they can to bridge the wall between state and church. If organizations such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation are alarmed at this situation, they have ample reason to be so.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 4, 2018 at 3:45pm

That's one hell of a one-two punch, too, Bertold ... because they want to go back to a time when whites held the power, as opposed to a "new age" when they may be only a plurality (if that) in a multicultural world.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 4, 2018 at 3:41pm

. . . forces in Far-Right politics in the United States of recent years seem to combine the worst elements of the two opposing views: a return to some better tine in the past and an imminent apocylapse that will bring about a new age.

~Gary Lachman

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 4, 2018 at 11:13am
"Remember when Dunning-Kruger was just a syndrome and not an epidemic?"

-- Scott Greenfield
Comment by Loren Miller on July 4, 2018 at 8:11am

It will yet be the proud boast of women that they never contributed a line to the Bible.
-- George W. Foote

Even as it will simultaneously be the greatest ignominy of the male sex that they were the sole creators of the single most damaging work in all of literature.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 3, 2018 at 5:45pm
As my old pal Alphonse put it, "Losing Pascal's wager is half the fun."

He concludes his diatribe on the topic with this:

"Do you see why I consider Babbitt not only the best piece of literature I've ever encountered, but the most important? Will you permit me to leave you, once again, with one of the saddest things ever penned?

*Now, for heaven’s sake, don’t repeat this to your mother, or she’d remove what little hair I’ve got left, but practically, I’ve never done a single thing I’ve wanted to in my whole life!*

Is that really a gamble worth taking?"

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