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.

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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 May 27, 2018 at 12:29pm

Spud, I like your quotes, especially, the "you not only lose the argument, but you also lose any chance to be considered an intelligent person — or even just a nice one! 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 27, 2018 at 9:30am

EXCELLENT, Spud, most excellent!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 27, 2018 at 8:55am

Christian, every time you tell — or imply to — an atheist that he or she will spend eternity in hellish torture for their failure to believe in your kind, loving, and merciful god, you not only lose the argument, but you also lose any chance to be considered an intelligent person — or even just a nice one! 

--Barry Hampe

Comment by Loren Miller on May 27, 2018 at 7:57am

Yeah, Spud ... that IS a bit of a poser! [smh]

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 27, 2018 at 7:48am

Those 6% of atheist women that believe in god must not know what atheist means.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 27, 2018 at 5:46am

Extremism is not a problem if your core beliefs are truly non-violent.

The only problem with Islamic fundamentalism are the fundamentals of Islam.
-- Sam Harris

These two quotes, taken together, express the current issue with the confrontation between Islam and the world of the 21st century. Despite protestations to the contrary, there is an undeniable element to Islam which flies in the face of its claim to being a "religion of peace" and shows it off for the death-cult which it is. Indeed, its idea of "peace" is forcing the entire world to agree with it in submission to its undemonstrated god.

Sorry, not having any.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 27, 2018 at 5:34am

I wouldn't say that Christians are utterly "indifferent to the horrors of the earth," but they are notorious for exploiting those horrors, as well as the invented horror of hell, to cajole, harangue or otherwise intimidate others to their side.  Of course, what this does is increase their numbers and reduce the cognitive dissonance they have to endure.

The problem is that, because of the internet and other factors, the word is out on their cult, complete with full details of its self-contradictory nature, violence, homophobia and misogyny.  Certainly there are still those who adhere to its foolishness, but increasingly, their numbers are falling, while those of the disaffected rise.

Religion in the US is headed for a reckoning, and sooner or later, it will have to confront its own irrelevance in the face of those of us who reject its tenets and actively challenge its authority.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 27, 2018 at 2:07am

% of atheists who are women who say ... they do not believe in god = 94% 

% of atheists who are women who say ... religion is not at all important = 83%

~ Pew Research Center, Religion & Public Life, Atheists who are w...

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 27, 2018 at 1:54am

The Christian religion and morality extols the glory of the Hereafter, and therefore remains indifferent to the horrors of the earth. Indeed, the idea of self-denial and of all that makes for pain and sorrow is its test of human worth, its passport to the entry into heaven

~ Emma Goldman

Essay in the Journal Mother Earth (April 1913)

Comment by Loren Miller on May 26, 2018 at 6:36am

As more people become more intelligent they care less for preachers and more for teachers.
-- Robert G. Ingersoll

Well put, Robert, well put.


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