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.

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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 August 8, 2018 at 1:17pm

Nothing, nada, zilch......

Comment by Loren Miller on August 8, 2018 at 6:56am

What's the difference between a random god and no god at all?
-- Ricky Gervais

A good question, Mr. Gervais ... and I'm thinking that the answer is: "Damned little."

Comment by Patricia on August 7, 2018 at 10:03pm

Good one!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 7, 2018 at 9:39pm
The most important thing everyone needs to watch out for in life is anyone trying to make you believe something.
--me
Comment by Loren Miller on August 7, 2018 at 8:25pm

And as regards your quote, Joan, I'm genuinely afraid either nothing or not enough will be done, and for a sickeningly pernicious reason:

You resign yourselves to it for one reason, because that future does not ask anything of you today.
-- Hugh Laurie as Governor Nix, Tomorrowland

Comment by Loren Miller on August 7, 2018 at 8:22pm

Excellent quote and from the creator of Cthulhu!  Wonder what the born-again crowd make of THAT?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2018 at 8:19pm

Planet at risk of heading towards “Hothouse Earth” state.

"Our study suggests that human-induced global warming of 2°C may trigger other Earth system processes, often called "feedbacks," that can drive further warming -- even if we stop emitting greenhouse gases," "Avoiding this scenario requires a redirection of human actions from exploitation to stewardship of the Earth system."

~  Will Steffen, lead author,  Australian National University and Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 7, 2018 at 7:58pm

This one isn't new, but it's one of my all-time faves--

Comment by Patricia on August 7, 2018 at 4:43pm

Isn't that spot on?

Love Atheist Pig!

Comment by Loren Miller on August 7, 2018 at 4:41pm

Patricia, your quote is rather reminiscent of one of my favorite Atheist Pig Cartoons, to wit:

Ol' Winston doesn't fool around as it comes to this!

 

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