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

Sam Harris on Morality and the Christian God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 on Wednesday. 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 11, 2018 at 7:11am

A woman is not property, and husbands who think otherwise are living in a dreamworld.
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Ya know, I have no idea about first-, second-, or third-wave feminism. I'm just weird enough to think that men and women should be treated EQUALLY. 'Nuff said.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 11, 2018 at 1:51am

Bertold, outstanding Comment, "The biggest trick ... !"

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 10, 2018 at 7:05pm

Victory has 100 fathers, but defeat is an orphan.

--Old saying

Comment by Loren Miller on April 10, 2018 at 2:48pm

Nice twist, Bertold!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 10, 2018 at 2:43pm

New twist on an old saying:

Comment by Loren Miller on April 10, 2018 at 8:41am

Have to admit, Bertold, the possibility of spoofing reality with CGI and other mechanisms has seriously bothered me for a while, never mind the suggestion of taking refuge in alternatives such as the Matrix or Ready Player One type of realities.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 10, 2018 at 8:37am

After all, it will soon be possible, if it is not so already, to convincingly simulate events that never occurred, and to make millions of people believe they had, not only through fake tweets, "fake news," and age-old propaganda, but through sophisticated manipulation of video and audio, through augmented reality and the onset of “reality apathy,” a psychological fatigue that overwhelms our abilities to distinguish true and false when everything appears as a cartoonish parody of itself.

--Open Culture

Comment by Loren Miller on April 10, 2018 at 5:26am

“But if the gods do not exist at all - then we are lost," I said.
"On the contrary - we are found!" said Aesop.
"But when we are afraid, who can we turn to, if not the gods?"
"Ourselves. We turn to ourselves anyway. We only pretend there are gods and that they care about us. It is a comforting falsehood."

― Erica Jong

To me, this is one of the most fascinating behaviors believers exhibit: they rely on themselves and their communities while crediting their deity with invisible support, supplied by THEM.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 9, 2018 at 4:32pm

I have a great collection of historical student bloopers. One of them is Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 9, 2018 at 4:26pm

Ohmygoodness!  Socrates was a feminist?  Whoda thunk it???  [grin!]

 

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