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.

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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 Cane Kostovski on August 18, 2018 at 7:14pm

“The event is intended to be an inclusive gathering where The Satanic Temple will be celebrating pluralism along with Christian and secular speakers. People of many faiths will come together at the Capitol to reject the Arkansas State Legislature’s efforts to privilege one religion over others.” --Lucien Greaves

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 18, 2018 at 7:03pm
"If you oppose an existing force on its own level, it will only gain strength."

~Ralph Metzner
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 18, 2018 at 2:47pm
“I think he’s a disaster . . . In human rights and taking care of people and treating people equal.”

Jimmy Carter, on Dolt 45
Comment by Loren Miller on August 18, 2018 at 5:55am

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.
-- James Albert Michener

Seems that there are a lot of people out there now with precisely that same attitude ... which is what makes this time so disturbing.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 17, 2018 at 3:57pm

I like Rooney because he often spoke uncomfortable truths and because he was an amusing curmudgeon.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 17, 2018 at 1:48pm
Yep, the religionists got things perfectly backwards.
Comment by Patricia on August 17, 2018 at 1:44pm

Comment by Loren Miller on August 17, 2018 at 7:16am

Speaking of which:

Comment by Randall Smith on August 17, 2018 at 6:49am

The God/SantaClaus comparison has always been one of my  "go to" arguments, although I've never had the guts to say "Grow up" to a believer.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 17, 2018 at 5:37am

We all ought to understand we're on our own. Believing in Santa Claus doesn't do kids any harm for a few years but it isn't smart for them to continue waiting all their lives for him to come down the chimney with something wonderful. Santa Claus and God are cousins.
― Andy Rooney

For all his curmudgeonly attitude, Rooney spoke sometimes uncomfortable truths in his 60 Minutes commentaries and elsewhere. This is a premium example.


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