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


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14. 2 Replies

The word “Permaculture” is the combination of the two words “permanent” and “agriculture.” It is a method of agricultural philosophy that allows gardeners to create and sustain growing food in a way…Continue

Tags: production, shelter, food, permaculture, Mollison

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 10. 5 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

Will McAvoy's Rant: "America Is NOT the World's Greatest Country"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 3 Replies

Aaron Sorkin has a habit of swinging for the fences when he writes political commentary as entertainment for television.  This was first evinced in the network television series, The West Wing, and…Continue

Tags: The Newsroom, Will McAvoy, Aaron Sorkin

Ingersoll Day August 11th

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Aug 12. 2 Replies

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)"When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood…Continue

Tags: fearless, joyous, freedom, Day, agnostic

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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

Comment by Loren Miller on March 3, 2018 at 6:07am

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Sounds like a plan to me...

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2018 at 2:19pm

"When a people are facing genocide, that place should be treated as the center of the universe."

~ Elie Wiesel 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 2, 2018 at 6:51am

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.
--Marcus Aurelius

Man ... some of them old Roman fuckers knew what was up, didn't they?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 1, 2018 at 5:24pm

Human minds, at least human minds that are good for much, like to play.

--Charlton Laird

Comment by Patricia on March 1, 2018 at 2:15pm

Sounds about right.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 1, 2018 at 5:00am

I studied every page of this book, and I didn't find enough love to fill a salt shaker. God is not love in the Bible; God is vengeance, from Alpha to Omega.
― Ruth Hurmence Green

The more I read of Ms. Green's quotes, the more I wish she were still around, 'cuz she's clearly our kind of people. At some point, I may have to pick up her opus, The Born Again Skeptic's Guide To The Bible. I get the feeling that it might be worth the time invested.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 28, 2018 at 6:46am

It doesn't seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil - which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama.
-- Richard Feynman

Or, as Ellie Arroway of Carl Sagan's Contact once opined, "So if it's just us... seems like an awful waste of space!"


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