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 Alan Perlman on Tuesday. 12 Replies

"APHORISM XXV. He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or Church better than Christianity, and end loving himself better than all."~…Continue

Tags: Truth


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14, 2018. 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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on April 19, 2018 at 9:02am

[sigh] In the immortal words of that great philosopher and Gryffindor, Hermione Granger:

What.  An.  Idiot.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 19, 2018 at 8:51am

Ugandan President Wants To Ban Oral Sex
April 18, 2018 by Michael Stone


Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, a conservative evangelical Christian, wants to ban oral sex because “the mouth is for eating, not for sex.”

Comment by Loren Miller on April 19, 2018 at 6:45am

God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that's getting smaller and smaller and smaller as time goes on.
-- Neil deGrasse Tyson

And while I think about that one, here's a poser: when is the last time religion made a contribution to our understanding of reality in the same fashion that science does.  Take your time; I can wait...

Comment by Loren Miller on April 18, 2018 at 6:28am

Joan, relating to your experience with your grandchildren:

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
-- John F. Kennedy

The poor make some uncomfortable, because they are a reminder that anyone may be one or two random events or poor choices away from that very status and that some have resisted doing anything about their plight purely to further solidify their own position.  Greed and a lack of empathy are their hallmarks, added to an utter lack of qualification to deal with actually being IN the position of being poor.

When avarice grows that mean, I seriously wonder if such a society can survive ... and yeah, I'm talking about US.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 17, 2018 at 3:11pm

My teaching agenda was always self-reliance, taking an active role in improving the quality of their lives, and teaching the skills they needed to pick themselves up and take responsibility for their well-being. I taught reading, writing, arithmetic, nutrition, cooking, gardening. At a housing project in Washington, D.C. the pre-school age children helped me dig up garden areas, plant seeds, and grow their food. That was a wonderful experience to see their joy as they ate the fruits of their efforts. The adults joined in and felt pride as they put food on their tables that they grew. 

I didn't know about permaculture then, but it provides a simple process of building soil, growing food, preserving the excess while enjoying fresh foods from the garden. The greening of the housing project resulted in food for their tables. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 17, 2018 at 3:07pm

I sent the photo of the starving mother nursing her starving child with an explanation of wealth and poverty to my grandchildren, ranging in age from 10 to 18. My son, the father of two boys, ages 12 & 14 rebuked me for sending such a scene to his two sons. One of them opened the photo on his iPhone at school and his friends teased him about it. When I found out about his experience I asked why teachers didn't guide the boys to an understanding of the meaning of poverty and starvation. Why did my son not make it clear that there are children in this world who do not go to private schools, have private music lessons and soccer teams, and they do not have families that can protect them and feed them and provide health and education for them?

The teachers and my son failed to help the boys process this information. Craig knows I have always been involved with educating the poor and I took him and his brother and sister to children's homes, housing projects in WA. D.C., and homeless shelters in Juarez, Mexico when they were younger than his boys. My children knew about hunger and homelessness because they witnessed it as children and helped me as I provided education for the poorest of the poor. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 17, 2018 at 9:40am

Why indeed?

Comment by Loren Miller on April 17, 2018 at 7:29am

If I could stop a man from raping a child, I would. That's the difference between me and your God.
-- Tracie Harris

To me, this simple statement gives inarguable confirmation either to the impotence or villainy of any god that would claim dominance over this planet.  If its creation is moved to improve its lot and stop wrongdoing, why isn't the creator similarly moved?

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 17, 2018 at 12:29am

"The major problem facing our terrestrial environment is human over-population. If we could cut the population density, then the waste products of human enterprise, including carbon and DDT and acid water and methane from sheep, would be cut along with it. That’s the core of the problem, the actual cause of our headache, and taking an aspirin doesn’t cure it. Anthropogenic Global Warming is a myth feeding off our collectively guilty political conscience."

Hilton Ratcliffe, How “Socks” began, http://www.hiltonratcliffe.com/how-socks-began/

If Ratcliffe doesn't believe Homo sapiens' activities cause global warming, then why does he point out that reduction of the human population would cut waste products of human enterprise, carbon, DDT, acid water, and methane?

From my perspective, the exponential growth of human population produces waste products of human enterprise, carbon, DDT, acid water, and methane! Anthropogenic Global Warming is not "a myth feeding off our collectively guilty political conscience."

We know the Earth cannot sustain the assault on its resources, we do not distribute food so that all living things have enough nutrition even though we can grow enough for all living people, and we pollute our rivers, lakes and drinking water sources. 

We experience a justifiable guilty political conscience. 

Taking aspirin to solve this problem will not reach the desired end. We have to change the ways we manage our resources, find better ways of distributing food, shelter, healthcare, and education so that people can rise above mere survival. We need regulations to control the misuse of chemicals and to regulate banks and financial institutions. 

These are not myths. Nor is this: 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 16, 2018 at 5:44am

The position of the Atheist is a clear and reasonable one. I know nothing about ‘God’ and therefore I do not believe in Him or in it; what you tell me about your God is self‐contradictory, and therefore incredible. I do not deny ‘God,’ which is an unknown tongue to me; I do deny your God, who is an impossibility. I am without God.
― Annie Besant

And I'm right behind you, Annie.


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