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 Grinning Cat on June 20, 2018 at 4:54pm

"...the nature of those books disallows their correction or updating."

That's indeed evidence against a supernaturally wise and good being creating or inspiring those books!

Some religions have "supplements" that can reinterpret or overrule their older scriptures. Take the New Testament for Christians, or the Book of Mormon / Doctrine and Covenants / Pearl of Great Price that supplement the Christian Bible for Mormons (and they accept new revelations received by their President).

Comment by Loren Miller on June 20, 2018 at 6:09am

I wish that were the case, Compelled.  As it is, that quote came from a debate / dialectic discussion between Matt Dillahunty and Israel Rodriguez, an event which spanned several days and occurred a few years ago.  As you might imagine, Matt got in a LOT of very well-aimed shots at his opponent's belief system, with that quote being only one among many, and that's the kind of brilliance I have come to expect from him.

Comment by Compelledunbeliever on June 20, 2018 at 6:02am

That is a great quote...It sounds like something you would say!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 20, 2018 at 5:48am

If it [the bible] has to be interpreted, it is necessarily subject to human error. What kind of wise being would establish a system and write down their most important words in ancient books that die off and get translated and depend on people interpreting it right, fallible beings?
-- Matt Dillahunty

The above has to be one of the most perceptive and fundamental observations regarding the general problem with holy books: any room they allow for interpretation inevitably opens a Pandora's Box of disagreement and multiple takes on a phrase or a verse. Such a flaw is not just problematic; it is insuperable, because the nature of those books disallows their correction or updating.

Comment by Patricia on June 19, 2018 at 2:47pm

I can't feel very positive about the future there if the religion doesn't get off that pedestal.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 19, 2018 at 2:20pm

As does abject xenophobia, Patricia, which is sadly unsurprising.

Comment by Patricia on June 19, 2018 at 1:45pm

Nazism seems to be showing.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 19, 2018 at 6:22am

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

Mr. Trump, Mr. Sessions, I'm looking at YOU when I cite the above in the light of your draconian policy regarding the current immigrant situation. Your utter lack of empathy shows entirely too well, and it's past time you did something about it.

Comment by Patricia on June 18, 2018 at 1:21pm

He's a favourite.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 18, 2018 at 7:18am

I like his attitude!


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