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 Loren Miller on May 18, 2018 at 5:40am

So this is where all the vapid talk about the "soul" of the universe is actually headed. Once the hard-won principles of reason and science have been discredited, the world will not pass into the hands of credulous herbivores who keep crystals by their sides and swoon over the poems of Khalil Gibran. The "vacuum" will be invaded instead by determined fundamentalists of every stripe who already know the truth by means of revelation and who actually seek real and serious power in the here and now. One thinks of the painstaking, cloud-dispelling labor of British scientists from Isaac Newton to Joseph Priestley to Charles Darwin to Ernest Rutherford to Alan Turing and Francis Crick, much of it built upon the shoulders of Galileo and Copernicus, only to see it casually slandered by a moral and intellectual weakling from the usurping House of Hanover. An awful embarrassment awaits the British if they do not declare for a republic based on verifiable laws and principles, both political and scientific.
-- Christopher Hitchens

Once again, Hitchens calls a spade a spade, and I am happy to sit back and applaud.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 17, 2018 at 9:35pm

Bertold, AA is yet another in a series of Christian farces.  Its success rate is ludicrous by comparison with alternative, results-based techniques currently in use and available.  I know this because I have a friend who is directly involved in such a program, and he is as much an atheist as I am.

I've said it before and will repeat: WE are the authors of our actions.  Whatever gets accomplished on this planet (or off it) is done by US and no one else other than us.  There are no supernatural third parties, and if there were, we'd know about it

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 17, 2018 at 8:08pm

Few members of AA realize that the whole idea of a spiritual awakening leading one to surrender to a "higher power"--a cornerstone of Alcoholics Anonymous--can be traced to a psychedelic drug trip.

~Michael Pollan

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 17, 2018 at 5:29pm

Tom, I do not mean any disrespect as I ask others for their reasoning. There must be something that I am not getting and I would like to know. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 17, 2018 at 5:28pm

Loren, and anyone who has an interest in the topic:

I am not asking to be critical or judgmental, however, Tom has been espousing the electricity theory and those who respond make negative statements about it. I read the material Tom supplied us and I am no wiser now than before. 

May I ask, why is there this conflict and why is it so obvious to others and not to me? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 17, 2018 at 5:24pm

Loren, I agree:

re·li·gion, noun
  1. the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.
    "ideas about the relationship between science and religion"
    synonyms: faith, belief, worship, creed; More
    • a particular system of faith and worship.
      plural noun: religions
      "the world's great religions"
    • a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance.
      "consumerism is the new religion"
Comment by Loren Miller on May 17, 2018 at 5:57am

In an age of information, ignorance is a choice.
-- Donny Miller

Honestly, I have to say that there was never a time when the above statement had more relevance or importance than RIGHT NOW.

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

The only interesting thing about religion is how many people it's slaughtered. Communism and Nazism are religions as well, make no mistake about it.
― Lemmy Kilmister

To the degree to which any organization of any sort becomes a cult of personality (Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, Jones, Koresh, Putin), I would say I have to agree.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 15, 2018 at 7:26pm

@Loren - As Bart would say, don't have a cow. He explicitly notes in his preface he's not excoriating ALL us boomers. And looking at current affairs, you can't really say we haven't fucked the dog.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 15, 2018 at 6:45pm

Have to say, I think Gibney is painting with way too broad a brush, and yeah, that comes from a Boomer.  The generation which gave us Donald Trump also gave us Christopher Hitchens, so let's not be too hasty with the condemnations, okay?


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