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 Loren Miller on March 7, 2018 at 6:50am

The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth produced by its collision with error.
-- John Stuart Mill

To those who would insist on blanket denials of fora to Milo Yiannopoulos and Richard Spencer and David Dukes and those of that ilk, my response is to attend the above quote, and keep in mind that no one has the right not to be offended, INCLUDING YOU.

Comment by Patricia on March 6, 2018 at 2:30pm

Not very impressed with human 'beans'......

Comment by Loren Miller on March 6, 2018 at 2:27pm

Yeah, like we need our morals and laws dictated to us by some schmuck who thinks BBQ pork and shrimp scampi and poly-cotton blends are ICKY ... but slavery is just fine!

In the immortal words of that waskally wabbit:

Comment by Patricia on March 6, 2018 at 1:46pm

We're also taught we cannot rely on ourselves for solutions to anything.....the higher power thing.......UGH!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 6, 2018 at 5:57am

To hate man and worship God seems to be the sum of all the creeds.
― Robert G. Ingersoll

Perhaps more than just "hate man," religion wants us to hate ourselves, to think of ourselves as diseased and broken, so that they can provide us with their "cure." Thanks, but NO, thanks.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 5, 2018 at 5:02am

When religion and politics ride in the same cart, the whirlwind follows.
-- Lady Jessica, concubine of Duke Leto Atreides

Wherever the Bible and sword are in partnership, man is a slave.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

And the moral of this story is: DON'T GIVE RELIGION A RIDE!!!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 4, 2018 at 5:48am

Your Honor, the courtroom is a crucible.  In it, we burn away irrelevancies, until we are left with a pure product: the truth, for all time.
-- Jean-Luc Picard

It sometimes amazes me how often brilliant quotes are uttered by fictional characters. I have to wonder if we need them to say these things because we lack real people brave enough to say them themselves.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 4, 2018 at 4:02am

Sometimes, the feelings of being totally useless come over me, I become a glob of matter riding up and down the stairs in a motorized chair, facing extinction. DAMN IT! NO! I will not only survive, I will thrive by challenging these fine young boys to think! 

"Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception."

~ Carl Sagan

Thanks for the quote. Gary. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 3, 2018 at 10:44pm

Considering that at least 99.8% of all species that were ever on this planet are now extinct ... if anything, I'd say that Sagan understated the matter

Comment by Gary S on March 3, 2018 at 9:48pm

Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.

- Carl Sagan


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