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 Patricia Jun 2. 2 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 Loren Miller on June 3, 2018 at 6:29am

I dared, for the first and last time in my life, to express a theological conclusion: "But how can a necessary being exist totally polluted with the possible? What difference is there, then, between God and primogenial chaos? Isn't affirming God's absolute omnipotence and His absolute freedom with regard to His own choices tantamount to demonstrating that God does not exist?
― Umberto Eco

This is a neat one.  "Absolute choice" juxtaposed against omniscience is an instant contradiction in terms, and yet one more strike against its putative existence.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2018 at 5:34pm

It was your statement, Loren, in the "On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God", the last sentence. 

Comment by Loren Miller on June 2, 2018 at 4:25pm

Joan, I appreciate your citing me, but I don't remember where or when I said that.  Can you give me a link to where I made that statement?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2018 at 12:06pm

“A garden is a zoo for plants”

~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2018 at 12:05pm

"god is far less god than it is just an enhanced human, vulnerable to the same kinds of crap that we are and about as worthy of worship as a hole in the head."

~ Loren Miller

Comment by Loren Miller on June 2, 2018 at 5:30am

It's important to recognize worship for what it is: a response to threat.
-- TheraminTrees, "worshiping narcissists"

As I listened to TT's latest video, the above quote positively jumped out at me, because it is absolutely RIGHT.  Worship is a response far less to love of some deity than FEAR of it, and that's a problem.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 1, 2018 at 5:33am

Love that quote, Joan, to the point where I had to do some extended response and commentary, which took the form of On Emotions, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God, which will constitute my daily contribution to this group.

BTW, Joan ... the visual format of that pic looks very much like the style of your friend and mine, TheraminTrees.  Did that come from his latest opus, posted yesterday?  I haven't seen it yet, but I mean to and soon!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2018 at 10:25pm

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 31, 2018 at 11:22am

Comment by Loren Miller on May 31, 2018 at 8:48am

Spud, I think that quote speaks to a greater reality: that very nearly EVERYTHING the bible says is WRONG ... and that it is past time that reality was more widely recognized and acknowledged.


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