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 Joan Denoo on June 30, 2018 at 12:58am

"Women are NOT rehabilitation centers for badly raised men!"

Comment by Loren Miller on June 29, 2018 at 6:19am

A God made by man undoubtedly has need of man to make himself known to man.
― Percy Bysshe Shelley

This is an interesting one. Because there is no god but only the allegation of one, god cannot reveal him/her/itself, because something that does not exist cannot act. Therefore it is man who reveals his own creation and CLAIMS that it is not of man.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 28, 2018 at 7:08am

In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Mostly because neither the Christian religion nor Christian morality have a whole lot to DO with reality!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 27, 2018 at 5:29am

We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.
-- Benjamin Franklin

In a time when both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are striving to divide and conquer us, the above aphorism could not be more important.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 26, 2018 at 5:06am

Ultimately, totalitarianism is the only sort of politics that can truly serve the sky-god's purpose. Any movement of a liberal nature endangers his authority and that of his delegates on earth. One God, one King, one Pope, one master in the factory, one father-leader in the family at home.
― Gore Vidal

The "my way or the highway" attitude is pretty essential for a god as petty and vindictive as Yahweh is recorded as being. I mean, does he EVER say, "Let's talk about this?"

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 25, 2018 at 7:10pm

Well the good old days may not return

And the rocks might melt and the sea may burn

I'm learning to fly, but I ain't got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing

~Tom Petty

Comment by Patricia on June 25, 2018 at 1:11pm

Sounds like a plan, Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 25, 2018 at 6:04am

By the way, Patricia, I really like the meme you put up.  As it happens, I'm working on something for what may be my next blog entry that has to do precisely with the issue of god being hidden.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 25, 2018 at 5:59am

What we've learned from history is that we haven't learned from history.
-- Matthew Modine as Dr. Don Francis in And the Band Played On

Really, we have and we haven't, which is to say some of us care about history and some of us apparently don't ... and I presume at least most of this audience remembers what George Santyana said about learning from the past.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 24, 2018 at 5:49am

A God who kept tinkering with the universe was absurd; a God who interfered with human freedom and creativity was tyrant. If God is seen as a self in a world of his own, an ego that relates to a thought, a cause separate from its effect. he becomes a being, not Being itself. An omnipotent, all-knowing tyrant is not so different from earthly dictators who make everything and everybody mere cogs in the machine which they controlled. An atheism that rejects such a God is amply justified.
-- Karen Armstrong

And I have no time for such "an omnipotent, all-knowing tyrant," especially when it doesn't demonstrably exist.


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