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 authority, obedience, and "liberal" vs. "conservative" values

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 1. 1 Reply

Last week Loren shared this quotation in the group comments:But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial…Continue

Tags: politics, purity, loyalty, liberal, conservative

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

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Comment by Gary S on January 30, 2018 at 10:34pm

A good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.

- Bertrand Russell

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on January 30, 2018 at 9:12pm

Aw-w, Bert.

Comment by Cane Kostovski on January 30, 2018 at 8:49pm
"Too many people are beacons of light with hate for others...
If only some of that light would shine on them
showing them as they are, NOT as they wish they were!!!!!"
Cane Kostovski AKA AtheistTech
Comment by Cane Kostovski on January 30, 2018 at 8:43pm

 "... And we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace."

-RIP Bill Hicks, the prophet

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 30, 2018 at 3:23pm

What well-connected people call “our democracy” and academics say is “the American experiment with democracy” is in truth an American variant on oligarchy.

— Tom Sarbeck

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 30, 2018 at 1:11pm

Surely, Bert, someone famous said evidence is important.

Where is your evidence that religion allows perfectly sane, intelligent people to believe...?

Oh, of course.

For scifi-ers, evidence is so 19th Century.

—Yours Truly.

Comment by Patricia on January 30, 2018 at 1:11pm

In my generation, we had to eat our soap from a box.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 30, 2018 at 7:54am

Uh, thank yuh, uh, thankyuhverramuch!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 30, 2018 at 6:45am

I wouldn't make book on it, Bertold!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 30, 2018 at 5:24am

Some people never say the words, "I love you."
It's not their style ... to be so bold.
Some people never say those words, "I love you,"
But like a child, they're longing to be told.

-- Paul Simon, "Something So Right"

Profound wisdom from Rhymin' Simon, and he makes a powerful point. Could it be that the problem with our world as it is that people want to get, but are unwilling or afraid to give, to allow themselves to be vulnerable? Simplistic, maybe, but too often true.


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