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

The Oneida Perfectionists

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller on Friday. 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

Christianity Founded by a Murderer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman Apr 21. 4 Replies

Constantine did what?As he gained power, he became more suspicious of even family and friends. He ordered them to be put to death by various means.MaximianHis father-in-lawHe impelled to hang…Continue

Tags: baptized, escape, guilt, be, repent


Started by Cane Kostovski. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 18. 16 Replies

“Here, where a thousandCaptains swore grand conquest. . .TallGrass their monument.”― BashoWhat does this quote mean to you? To me it portrays deep deep effort that was for nothing. Deep Deep Wasted…Continue

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Cane Kostovski Jan 23. 3 Replies

"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

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 19, 2017 at 2:41am

IMNVHO*, we are reading and/or adding to this list of agreeable quotations:

1) because we want confirmation for our biases, or

2) because Trump's amorality has so distressed us that we want to restore a moral order to our lives.

-- Tom Sarbeck

* IMNVHO means In My Not Very Humble Opinion.

Comment by Patricia on November 18, 2017 at 1:43pm

Good one, Thomas!

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 18, 2017 at 1:42pm

   “I cannot give up on my values and beliefs for the sake of respecting someone else’s values and morals. Because those values explain who am I. I prefer struggling and even dying for what I believe and what I don’t believe.

   Silence is not respect; it is not condemning brutality and cruelty, and neglecting your own existence as human being. I will be killed and so many others because of standing against the fallacy and misleading notion of religions. They will torture us and cut us in pieces alive and even won’t stop disrespecting our death bodies; that is how these monsters have been governing for hundreds thousands of years.”

 M.F. Moonzajer

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 18, 2017 at 1:11pm


“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Donald Trump Jr killed an elephant for its tail.

Source: Bing image

Comment by Loren Miller on November 18, 2017 at 6:55am

One would go mad if one took the Bible seriously; but to take it seriously one must be already mad.
― Aleister Crowley

No kidding. I mean, talking snakes and donkeys? Drowning the world from an insufficient source of water, never mind the resulting pollution of fresh water sources from salt water, flying chariots, and a god who can create the entire universe, but needs humans to write his book.

That's some fucked-up shit!  Worse, it's fucked-up shit which  some people feel they absolutely MUST believe it, because the source of that crap says that there is a horrendous penalty for not believing it ... and that is just plain tragic.

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.


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