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 Loren Miller on November 25, 2017 at 8:48am

The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.
― Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I love the blend of confidence and humility in Ayaan's statement. She looks at death clear-eyed and unafraid. She is determined to live every second of her life and not be sorry at the end.


Comment by Gary S on November 25, 2017 at 12:02am

I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome.

- Epicurus

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 24, 2017 at 2:18pm

That's a keeper, Patricia.

Loren, that's an excellent quote from "me".

Comment by Patricia on November 24, 2017 at 1:13pm

I liked that one too, & I'm thinking it has to be a micro-mini salt shaker!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 24, 2017 at 1:12pm

A real goodie, as well as being utterly true, Patricia.  Thanks for posting it.

Comment by Patricia on November 24, 2017 at 12:28pm

Comment by Loren Miller on November 24, 2017 at 6:46am

Deny religion the ability to use shame, fear, or guilt, and you've basically eviscerated its ability to manipulate or control you … or anyone else.
-- me

For what I've heard, it's the catholic church which really is the master at using those goads to get the actions they desire, though granted, they are not alone. I would give real money to be present when someone, confronted with a church official trying threaten him or her in a particular direction, looked that official straight in the eye and said, "No ... FUCK YOU."

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 23, 2017 at 7:48am
Bert, if I knew what Crowley’s general and particular were I might understand.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 23, 2017 at 7:47am

Ba-da-bing, Tom.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 23, 2017 at 7:38am
A comedian?

No, a sadist. And that’s letting him off easy.

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