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!

Discussion Forum

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 19. 1 Reply

"The religious right was not born out of opposition to Roe v. Wade. It was born out of opposition to Brown v. Board."~ …Continue

Tags: Roe, right, v., Wade, Board

Air Force Academy leader delivers powerful speech on race after slurs found in dorms (CBS News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Nov 2. 5 Replies

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The leader of the Air Force Academy delivered a poignant and stern message on race relations in a speech to thousands of cadets after someone wrote racial slurs on message…Continue

Tags: Silveria, Jay, Gen., , Air, Force, Academy", racism

Would you like your old "Quotation of the Day" quotes republished?

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 12. 11 Replies

I saved the comments from the previous quotations group the day before it was cleared and closed. Its creator feels strongly that people's comments (though they were posted publicly) shouldn't be…Continue

Tags: archived, opt in, opt-in, archive, republished

Dan Rather on Alternative Facts

Started by Loren Miller Sep 26. 0 Replies

I originally submitted this piece to Daniel W.'s group, "Quotation of the Day," some months ago.  I thought it was important enough to repost here.  Please enjoy.…Continue

Tags: Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, alternative facts, Dan Rather

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Comment by Loren Miller on November 17, 2017 at 10:10am

If it takes the threat of hell to make you a moral person, then you are not at all moral, you are just a coward who responds well to threats.
-- Leo Wolf

I see the above as a direct corollary to that last sentence of the Einstein quote.  Being good with a gun to your head is no form of morality I would EVER endorse.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 17, 2017 at 9:49am

>Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. 

That's exactly what religionists refuse to understand; it's a form of willful ignorance that supports their entire bullshit shell game.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 17, 2017 at 6:52am

In my mind's eye, I can still see and hear ol' George saying that. I'm sure it's on you-tube somewhere. Thanks Maciej (and welcome to A/N)!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 17, 2017 at 6:37am

To me, Maciej, that may be the classic to end all classic atheist quotes.  How long ago did Carlin lay that one down?  I have to wonder if it was before 9/11, which makes George more prescient about the "new atheism" than any of the Four Horsemen or those who came after them.  Thanks for reminding all of us.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 17, 2017 at 5:58am

When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion, it is called religion.
-- Robert M. Pirsig

Religion is the result of a shared irrationality or "delusion," as Pirsig states here, and that's bad enough. What is far worse is that they want EVERYONE in on the madness, despite the fact that their fantasy has nothing to do with fact or reality. I see that as far more dangerous.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 16, 2017 at 11:39am

Bertold, there's another one that should be tattooed onto the forehead of every member of Congress, never mind the Orange Nightmare.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 16, 2017 at 10:57am

This is my doctrine: give every other human being every right you claim for yourself.

--Robert G. Ingersoll

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 16, 2017 at 10:21am

Loren, love that quote and your comments!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 16, 2017 at 5:50am

The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery.  Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.

The second most preposterous notion is that copulation is inherently sinful.

-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

Bob hit it on the nose here. The issue of worship, of kissing the ass of our creator is the height of absurdity, especially in that a truly all-powerful deity should need ego-stroking about as much as a snake needs shoes. An insecure, narcissistic god, on the other hand, would constantly be demanding positive reinforcement ... like a certain president we all know.

As for the fascination with sex, this one is obvious. Take a natural human activity, castigate it, make it "dirty" or "perverted" in the eyes of your god, then offer forgiveness for such "sins" and you hold your adherents almost literally by their short hairs. Religion deserves every last bit of the kicking it gets for this one as well.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 16, 2017 at 5:20am

Maciej, I remember seeing your quote some years ago and thinking that the hair dryer reference was the perfect touch to illustrate the absurdity of prayer.  It's rather like George Carlin saying he prays to Joe Pesce!


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