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 Craigart14 Jun 1. 6 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

"We need a much broader conversation on what morality of pro-life is"

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Apr 28. 3 Replies

"I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a…Continue

Tags: Planned, Parenthood, contraception, Pro-life,, O.S.B.

Aron Ra on Gods, Demons, and the Meaning of Life

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 20. 2 Replies

This isn't quite a rant, but it's more than just a talk or a speech.  What follows here is the end of something Aron Ra delivered several years ago which has stuck with me practically since I first…Continue

Tags: soul, bible, skeptic, devil, god


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 14 Replies

"APHORISM XXV. He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or Church better than Christianity, and end loving himself better than all."~…Continue

Tags: Truth

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Comment by Loren Miller 3 hours ago

But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial ignorance and obedience; he emancipates him, stamps upon his brow the seal of liberty and humanity, in urging him to disobey and eat of the fruit of knowledge.
― Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin

I am no more down with Satan than I am with Yahweh, but any inducement to freethought and iconoclasm in a world where conformity and groupthink is entirely too prevalent is more than welcome to me.

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

Piety is not what the lessons bring to people; it is the mistake they bring to the lessons.
-- John Oldman, The Man from Earth

It's also a response to something totally made up and with no discernible reality. I mean, genuflecting to NOTHING? How fucked up is that?

Comment by Loren Miller on Monday

Asking, ‘If there is no God, what is the purpose of life?’ is like asking, ‘If there is no master, whose slave will I be?’ If your purpose of life is to submit as a slave, then your meaning comes from flattering the ego of a person whom you should detest.
-- Dan Barker

For a gentle and soft-spoken man, which Dan Barker is (from my own experience), his criticism of religion can be incredibly pointed and potent. Here is one such example.

Comment by Loren Miller on Sunday

I think he believes there is a god but doesn't necessarily believe that it matters.
-- Aron Ra, on Donald Trump's alleged Christian faith

Considering how Trump in the past has said, "It's all a game," that he may think that none of it matters should be no surprise at all.

Comment by Loren Miller on Saturday

When a truth is not given complete freedom, freedom is not complete.
-- Vaclav Havel

The enemy knows our vulnerability. Silence is the end of freedom.
-- Scott Pelley, CBS News, commenting on the attacks on Charlie Hebdo

Closely related statements, IMHO.

Comment by Patricia on Friday

The bow down, kneel down thing.

Comment by Plinius on Friday

The don't want to fix you, it never matters how you feel. They just want you dependant and submissive.

Comment by Loren Miller on Friday

Precisely so, Chris.  They want you BROKEN so that they can FIX you.

Yuk - TOOEY!

Comment by Plinius on Friday

Don't forget that growing up in xtian surroundings destroys your confidence and every good feeling you might have about yourself. You can easily become so scared, misinformed and bullied that you dare not leave the path they wanted you to go.

Comment by Loren Miller on Friday

Blacks, as well as women and homosexuals, who say they "love" the bible, truly revere the chains that bind them.
-- Anne Nicol Gaylor

To this day, I don't understand it, either. The bible has been used to enslave blacks, treat women as second-class citizens, and prescribes death for gay men. Why these same people continue to support that atavistic book is beyond me.


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