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

Sam Harris on Morality and the Christian God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud 1 hour ago. 1 Reply

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 yesterday. 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

Christianity Founded by a Murderer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman Apr 21. 4 Replies

Constantine did what?As he gained power, he became more suspicious of even family and friends. He ordered them to be put to death by various means.MaximianHis father-in-lawHe impelled to hang…Continue

Tags: baptized, escape, guilt, be, repent

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Comment by Loren Miller on April 9, 2018 at 6:04am

This is my doctrine: give every other human being every right you claim for yourself.
--Robert G. Ingersoll

This is another of those that should be tattooed on the forehead of every elected official.  At times I wonder just whom they think they are serving.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 8, 2018 at 8:46pm

The shame is that, 2,400 years after Democritus, the business of dealing with religion remains a tall order. Whether or not Jefferson actually said it, eternal vigilance still remains the price of freedom.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2018 at 8:24pm

For Democritus to think in terms of atoms more than 2,300 years ago boggles my imagination. How many centuries have we been living under the boot of religious dogma and how many more will we remain? It is past time to say, "No!" to religion and those who would dominate the political agenda.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 8, 2018 at 4:22pm

Democritus failed to allow for energy, but considering the time he lived in, he is absolutely on the nose.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2018 at 4:15pm

"Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion."

Democritus, (born c. 460 bce—died c. 370), an Ancient Greek pre-Socratic philosopher primarily remembered today for his formulation of an atomic theory of the universe. 

Comment by Patricia on April 8, 2018 at 2:31pm

I have that book on free pdf.

I'd like to see what Dr. Sagan would have to say if he were around now.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 8, 2018 at 2:28pm

Comment by Patricia on April 8, 2018 at 1:12pm

Different dress, same poop.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 8, 2018 at 8:33am

Thinking about my previous submission, it occurred to me that there was a modern-day corollary which was apt:

You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.
-- Ranger Marcus Cole, Babylon 5

Comment by Loren Miller on April 8, 2018 at 7:27am

I tremble for my country when I reflect that god is just.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Christopher Hitchens described the above quote as being: "so haunting that once you've heard it, you can't forget it." He was, of course, absolutely correct. The real, genuine shame is that there are those who are entirely too obtuse to understand the intense irony of those few words.


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