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 Patricia on June 10, 2018 at 9:01pm

Are you ok Loren? The Cleveland explosion was on our news.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2018 at 8:27pm

I know, I also had to leave out Viracocha, Pachamama, Ayar Cachi, Manco-Capac, and a few thousand other gods and goddesses. 

Comment by Loren Miller on June 10, 2018 at 6:50pm

Joan, you forgot Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva ... among a few thousand others! [grin!]

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2018 at 4:25pm

Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

Needs of Homo sapiens reveals no need for Yahweh, God, Allah, Jupiter, Mars, Quirinus, Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Amaterasu, Ebisu, Fujin, Guanyin, Wangmu, Yan Wang, Adnoartina, Altjira, Ankotarinja, Krishna, Buddha, Imhotep or any of the hundreds of other gods humans worshiped over time and place. 

The individuals holding super-human powers were constructs created in the minds of humans.

~ Me

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2018 at 4:03pm

Who is Don Freeman?

" an American painter, printmaker, cartoonist, and an illustrator and writer of children's books."

I am sorry I did not run across Don Freeman's books. They appear to be exactly what I liked to give my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When I was able, I went to Auntie's Book Store, a wonderful place to sit and look through stacks of books finding just the right one for each child. Auntie retired recently and sold her store. 

Books by Don Freeman

Comment by Loren Miller on June 10, 2018 at 7:09am

People don't need religion, religion needs people. They're just corporations and they need your money to thrive. Religion doesn't make you a better person, intelligence and kindness does. Religion doesn't feed the poor, good people with big hearts do that. Just remember that.
-- Don Freeman

Beautifully put, Don, just plain beautifully put.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 10, 2018 at 1:30am

Comment by Loren Miller on June 9, 2018 at 5:44am

Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation; all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, even if religion vanished; but religious superstition dismounts all these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men.
-- Francis Bacon

Shall we also mention that the "morality" the bible inflicts on us isn't very bloody moral?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2018 at 5:31pm

"She was trying to get rid of a religious hangover."
Simone de Beauvoir

Comment by Loren Miller on June 8, 2018 at 5:16am

By Hays' reasoning, penetrating a rectum with a penis is a violation of how God meant humans to function. However, penetrating a human body with a sword, a common way to kill people in biblical times, is acceptable. Apparently human bodies were designed to be penetrated by metal implements, but not by flesh.
-- Hector Avalos

Problem is, with all that flesh-penetrating and the pleasure that accompanies it, that could take the participants' minds off of that make-believe deity, and the local shaman can't have that!


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