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 Patricia on October 12, 2018 at 5:17pm

…..And it looks like some freaked heart rate print out.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2018 at 5:14pm

if you are what you write, then is Donald Trump anything other than his signature? I seriously doubt he's written anything else.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 12, 2018 at 5:09pm
“You are what you write.”
— Helvy Tiana Rosa
Writing forces me to pay attention to what I put on paper, that requires I know what I think and what I do. Writing sets up an environment that reduces hypocrisy.
It is easy to catch another person's lie when seen in written form. The computer is an especially helpful tool because we can copy and paste the duplicity and develop a challenge to present to the writer and inform the readers of the monkey business. 
Comment by Patricia on October 12, 2018 at 1:51pm

I could never get my head around that faith thing.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2018 at 5:28am

Religion doesn't just cloud our minds. It asks us to deliberately deceive ourselves-- to replace reason with its opposite, faith. And when men operate on faith, they can no longer be reasoned with, which makes them more dangerous than any sane man, good or evil.
-- James L. Sutter

"It asks to deliberately deceive ourselves..." Honestly, I'm not certain I can think of anything more fundamentally dangerous than THAT.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 11, 2018 at 5:31am

And today's Delancey Place vignette has a brilliant one-sentence commentary on this whole matter:

The powerful exact what they can, and the weak have to comply.
-- Thucydides, as translated by Simon Hornblower

Except that "the weak" may not always just lay back and take it, a fact I hope will be evinced by the forthcoming midterm elections.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 11, 2018 at 5:18am

A blind man could see it with a cane.
-- Dr. Leonard H. ("Bones") McCoy, Star Trek

Joan, the business of acquiring and hording (there's no other word for it) money has become an obsession to the super-rich. As with any other privilege, whenever we can manage to level the playing field by taxing them at a rate commensurate with their wealth, they'll squeal like pigs in a sty and claim that they're being persecuted.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2018 at 11:35pm

"It’s the inequality, stupid; Only little people pay taxes; How the rich get richer; how the poor get poorer; who owns Congress?"

~ Mother Jones

Comment by Loren Miller on October 10, 2018 at 5:28am

Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. I had hoped that liberal and enlightened thought would have reconciled the Christians so that their religious fights would not endanger the peace of Society.
-- George Washington

And from Washington's time to this, that characteristic has not changed, any more than the basic doctrines of religion have. If it could, I wonder if religion would remain religion.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 9, 2018 at 7:17am

Joan, even if Kavanaugh had no taint of credible attempted rape and sexual assault accusations, he still lied under oath to Congress multiple times on serious matters to get his previous and current seat.

I'll gladly adopt your statement and take it further.

"I will not vote for a Republicanunless and until Republicans convincingly reverse course and make amends for their history of partisan power-grabbing, enriching themselves and their corporate donors, and imposing far-right authoritarian values, at the very real expense of the American people."

Over and over again it's been Republicans and their party line who've blocked advances and imposed regression on things that shouldn't be goddamned partisan issues.

We don't have a universal single-payer health system like other developed nations do. We didn't even manage to work a public option into the Affordable Care Act, which preserved the predation of private for-profit insurers. Thanks Republicans!

We still don't have reasonable gun control laws, nearly six years after a young man born here in the US murdered 20 school­children and six adults, while mass shootings have become almost routine. Thanks Republicans!

We're loosening and eliminating regulations -- read protections -- for the life, health, and safety of real people, all for the sake of the short-term profits of fake "people" (corporations). A small example: last week the EPA came out as "anti-science but pro-mad-science" in deciding that a little radiation is good for us. A much bigger one: not even trying to reduce our fossil fuel use and carbon emissions, without which we have no hope of stopping our trajectory careening into a literal hothouse Earth, much less habitable for oligarchs' grandchildren (as well as everyone else's). Thanks Republicans!


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