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

"We need a much broader conversation on what morality of pro-life is"

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Apr 28. 3 Replies

"I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a…Continue

Tags: Planned, Parenthood, contraception, Pro-life,, O.S.B.

Aron Ra on Gods, Demons, and the Meaning of Life

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 20. 2 Replies

This isn't quite a rant, but it's more than just a talk or a speech.  What follows here is the end of something Aron Ra delivered several years ago which has stuck with me practically since I first…Continue

Tags: soul, bible, skeptic, devil, god


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 14 Replies

"APHORISM XXV. He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or Church better than Christianity, and end loving himself better than all."~…Continue

Tags: Truth


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14, 2018. 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on September 26, 2018 at 5:39am

Catholicism - all the perversions of Christianity - is not a faith of love. It is a faith of fear. Obey, be good, toe the line, and heaven is yours, the first prize in the lottery of eternity. Disobey, react, cut the lifeline, and never-ceasing damnation is the booby prize. The dogma is, love the only god and you shall be safe. Fail in that love and he will not rescue you, not until you crawl and apologize and fawn before the altar. What kind of a religion demands such indignity?
― Martin Booth

What kind of religion, Martin? The kind that insists on servile sheep who need to be tended (and fleeced!) by a shepherd.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 25, 2018 at 7:34pm

Joan, I read the book that quote was supposed to come from ... and pretty obviously never once ran across that alleged quote.  The sad fact is that there are enough real quotes to be cited as regards the dangers of fascism and totalitarianism that we CAN rely on.

Manufactured "wisdom" isn't necessary when the genuine article is available.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 25, 2018 at 4:46pm

"When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

~ Sinclair Lewis

FACT CHECK: Sinclair Lewis on Fascism in America

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 25, 2018 at 4:40pm

"Hearst and Coughlin are the two chief exponents (advocate) of fascism in America. If fascism comes, it will not be identified with any “shirt” movement, nor with an “insignia,” but it will probably be “wrapped up in the American flag and heralded as a plea for liberty and preservation of the constitution.”

~ James Waterman Wise, Jr., in an address before the liberal John Reed club.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 25, 2018 at 4:36pm

"But when fascism comes it will not be in the form of an anti-American movement or pro-Hitler bund, practicing disloyalty. Nor will it come in the form of a crusade against war. It will appear rather in the luminous robes of flaming patriotism; it will take some genuinely indigenous shape and color, and it will spread only because its leaders, who are not yet visible, will know how to locate the great springs of public opinion and desire and the streams of thought that flow from them and will know how to attract to their banners leaders who can command the support of the controlling minorities in American public life. The danger lies not so much in the would-be Fuhrers who may arise, but in the presence in our midst of certainly deeply running currents of hope and appetite and opinion. The war upon fascism must be begun there."

~ John Thomas Flynn’s As We Go Marching, 1944.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 25, 2018 at 6:26am

"W]hite supremacists, sovereign citizens, militia extremists, and violent anti-abortion adherents use religious concepts and scripture to justify threats, criminal activity, and violence.

~  Southern Poverty Law Center

Comment by Loren Miller on September 25, 2018 at 5:52am

You do not need the Bible to justify love, but no better tool has been invented to justify hate.
-- Richard A. Weatherwax

Very succinct and sadly true.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 24, 2018 at 5:34am

We've also evolved the ability to simply 'pay it forward': I help you, somebody else will help me. I remember hearing a parable when I was younger, about a father who lifts his young son onto his back to carry him across a flooding river. 'When I am older,' said the boy to his father, 'I will carry you across this river as you now do for me.' 'No, you won't,' said the father stoically. 'When you are older you will have your own concerns. All I expect is that one day you will carry your own son across this river as I no do for you.' Cultivating this attitude is an important part of Humanism--to realize that life without God can be much more than a series of strict tit-for-tat transactions where you pay me and I pay you back. Learning to pay it forward can add a tremendous sense of meaning and dignity to our lives. Simply put, it feels good to give to others, whether we get back or not.
― Greg Epstein

Believers can't see this, and I'm stonkered that they can't. Apparently, they have become so dependent on something that has no trace of existence that they don't think they do something positive without their non-existent goad.

Comment by Plinius on September 24, 2018 at 3:02am

And that is precisely what many people don't do; they say they're rid of beliefs, but they keep on thinking in the religious patterns.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2018 at 2:50pm

Religion, politics, and fossil fuel industry keep old patterns existing in culture and to no good end. They all have the capacity to brutalize individuals and society while they enable helplessness. 

To free oneself from the claws of dependency: 

1. Examine one's belief systems to identify the clutches of all three. 

2. Identify the desired goal; what would being free look like, sound like, feel like, and what values will change? 

3. Develop action plans to move from the present systems to the desired state. 

3. Identify resources, form coalitions, identify what it will cost to make systemic changes. 

4. Take action. 

5. Evaluate: am I moving from where I am to where I want to be? 


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