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 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!]

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2018 at 4:23pm

"It is a shame for a woman to grow old without ever seeing the strength and beauty of which her body is capable." 

~ Socrates 

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


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