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 23, 2018 at 12:31pm

Bertold, you and I both have loved ones and precious friends who quit seeking information, debates and discussions about political and religious matters because they feel sick-and-tired of the foolishness of some and the stridency of others. I can't say I blame them, I would turn off such topics if I felt hopeless. 

I don't feel hopeless, most of the time, and I can usually think of something I can do to affirm who I am and things I can do to imagine, create, and live with those who affirm me, or challenge me, or inspire me. 

I have had problems arise because I no longer am living in my home, driving my car, and seeking out others who know how to debate and those who affirm me.

For me, the internet provides an excellent  place to find diversity and actively participate with others. I especially like the Letters to Congress that Ruth actively leads and others chime in with news of pending legislation.that interests me.  

Differences occur, but on the most part, the discussions do remain civil.

I very much dislike people calling someone names and defining what they mean. The most frequent one is, "he is an asshole," or "she should get off her ass."

OK define "asshole" and "ass" in relation to an individual. What do people mean when they call others names.

Blowing off steam? Probabily.

Thinking they reveal intelligent thinking? It doesn't work that way with me.

Are there other words that would explain how they feel and  think? In most cases, yes. 


Comment by Loren Miller on March 23, 2018 at 12:27pm

"News that makes me feel good."   And just what does that dip do for news that DOESN'T make him feel good, but informs him of important issues?

Stupid, irresponsible BULLSHIT!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2018 at 11:51am

Loren, a perfect description, I like the whole quote, he sums religion up exactly as I see it. 

"life crucified and nothingness exalted.
― Michel Onfray

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 23, 2018 at 8:32am

The fundamental error most people make is mistaking statements that make them feel comfortable for true statements.

--Gleb Tsipursky

[I've actually had a friend tell me "I'm going to listen to news that makes me feel good, and that's Fox News."]

Comment by Loren Miller on March 23, 2018 at 5:31am

The three monotheism share a series of identical forms of aversion: hatred of reason and intelligence; hatred of freedom; hatred of all books in the name of one book alone; hatred of sexuality, women,and pleasure; hatred of feminine; hatred of body, of desires, of drives. Instead Judaism, Christianity, and Islam extol faith and belief, obedience and submission, taste for death and longing for the beyond, the asexual angel and chastity, virginity and monogamous love, wife and mother, soul and spirit. In other words, life crucified and nothingness exalted.
― Michel Onfray

Monsieur Onfray, I believe you have it there.

Comment by Patricia on March 22, 2018 at 11:24pm

Never trust the clergy. If they believe what they're preaching, they're insane. If they don't believe it, they're liars. Either way, they are not to be trusted.
M. Twain

Comment by Patricia on March 22, 2018 at 1:51pm

Its been the ''answer'' for centuries, & look where its gotten us!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2018 at 10:14am

Read Henric Ibson's An Enemy of the People. 

Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 22, 2018 at 10:04am

Mind control, brainwashing, taught to obey, mass-prohibition against thinking, and I call, "mindbinding." Any way you name it, a huge segment of a population programmed to sustain lies, falsehoods, and fed ropaganda by religion and politics 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 22, 2018 at 6:42am

God is a gross answer, an indelicacy against us thinkers – at bottom, merely a gross prohibition for us: you shall not think!
-- Fredrick Wilhelm Nietzsche

Oh, you bet: "you shall not think" ... because if you do think, they and their bullshit both become transparent.  Independent thought by them is a no-no, because in the long term, they can't survive it.


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