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 Bertold Brautigan on May 24, 2018 at 7:21am

Comment by Loren Miller on May 24, 2018 at 6:06am

There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Especially considering people tend to emulate those they admire ... though what there is to admire about Yahweh just escapes me!

Comment by Loren Miller on May 23, 2018 at 5:17am

Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.
-- Edward Abbey

Considering the incredible size and complexity of this universe, I'd have to say the above is intuitively obvious!

Comment by Loren Miller on May 22, 2018 at 5:42am

"How do you know when you're God?" "When I pray to him I find I am talking to myself."
-- Peter Barnes

Yeah ... funny thing, that.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 22, 2018 at 2:29am

Yes, I believe in the tyranny of the majority. If the majority think the earth is flat when it is, in fact, an oblate spheroid, and if the flat earth people crucify the oblate-spheroid-believing people, that is an example of the tyranny of a majority. 

If the majority of the population believe that god exists as described in the bible and that group crucifies those who do not believe in god, that is the tyranny of a majority. 

If the majority of the people believe in a just war and they persecute those who do not agree,  that is the tyranny of a majority. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. said it better than I:

"It is unfortunate that demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham, but it is even more unfortunate that the city's white power structure left the Negro community with no alternative."

~ Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail, 16 April 1963

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 22, 2018 at 1:10am

"These things I believe: That government should butt out. That freedom is our most precious commodity and if we are not eternally vigilant government will take it all away. That individual freedom demands individual responsibility. That government is not a necessary good but an unavoidable evil. That the executive branch has grown too strong, the judicial branch too arrogant and the legislative branch too stupid. That political parties have become close to meaningless. That government should work to ensure the rights of the individual, not plot to take them away. That government should provide for the national defense and work to ensure domestic tranquillity. That foreign trade should be fair rather than free- That once a year we should hang someone in government as an example to his fellows."

~ Lyn Nofziger, from World News Daily, May 21-22, 2018 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 21, 2018 at 5:41am

A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.
-- Bertrand Russell

Let it be noted that hallucinations include personal experiences of god, at least in the bulk of cases.  When the SAME hallucination appears to ALL of us in EXACTLY the same way ... it may just be that event isn't so hallucinatory!

Comment by Loren Miller on May 21, 2018 at 5:37am

Shades of "the tyranny of the majority," eh, Joan?

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2018 at 1:15am

“In all cases where a majority are united by a common interest or passion, the rights of the minority are in danger.”

~ James Madison, "as a revolutionary thinker, as a partisan political strategist, and as a president“

Comment by Loren Miller on May 20, 2018 at 6:15am

If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.
-- Isaac Asimov

Certainly, Isaac's concept of a god is far more tolerable than the sorts we see out in the world. I guess the question becomes: can an exclusively loving god be as manipulative of his flock as one who alternatively loves and judges? I'm pretty sure not.


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