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 June 21, 2018 at 8:44am

We don't stop playing because we grow old.

We grow old because we stop playing.

~Dr. Seuss

Comment by Loren Miller on June 21, 2018 at 8:15am

Sex has become more and more attractive because of its condemnation by priests.
-- Osho

Frankly, I think sex would remain popular in any case, but we all have heard the saying: If you want to make something more appealing, make it illegal!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2018 at 1:05am

"Hand on the bible and swearing in front of judge, jury, and god is an affront to civilization."

~ Frankie Dapper, Atheist Nexus, "The USA Is Becoming More Secular in An Important Way (Despite the Pessimism of A Few of Us), June 17, 2018.

Comment by Patricia on June 20, 2018 at 7:19pm

Yeah, & all are ''loved''......GAH!!!!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 20, 2018 at 7:17pm

Didn't there used to be this repeated trope about our all being god's children?  Aaaaah, why even waste your time with such crap when they themselves don't adhere to it?  Merde, alors!

Comment by Patricia on June 20, 2018 at 7:15pm

I remember a fellow in church who couldn't be in the moron priesthood because he was 1/8th aboriginal. I was very young, & didn't know what was what when it came to race, but I didn't think it was right even then.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 20, 2018 at 6:12pm

GC, the hell of it is, those "new revelations" are no more reliable or credible than the original crap.  Occasionally you get good things going on, like that one pronouncement which conveniently got out of the way of blacks when their rights were finally starting to become established in the US, but for the large portion, all it is is bullshit on top of more bullshit.

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!


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