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 Patricia on November 5, 2018 at 2:07pm

Many Canadians wish we could vote!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 5, 2018 at 1:48pm

Patricia, if we can rein in the stupids and apply a bit of schooled common sense, I think we have a chance.  The trick from here on out is to leave NOTHING to chance, because that's a healthy portion of what got Dolt 45 into the front seat.

Comment by Patricia on November 5, 2018 at 1:12pm

Good one Loren.

Can the US survive another 6 years?

Comment by Plinius on November 5, 2018 at 12:18pm

True, but it gives me the shivers, Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 5, 2018 at 10:32am
"Once the process of institutional capture is complete, only then do authoritarians tend to reveal the most extreme parts of their agendas. These agendas usually have three components. One, the end of democracy. Two, the end of freedom. Three, the end of personhood."

~Umair Haque
Comment by Loren Miller on November 5, 2018 at 9:37am

I will tell you what you did with Atheists for about 1500 years. You outlawed them from the universities, or any teaching careers, besmirched their reputations, banned or burned their books or their writings of any kind, drove them into exile, humiliated them, seized their properties, arrested them for blasphemy. You dehumanized them with beatings and exquisite torture, gouged out their eyes, slit their tongues, stretched, crushed or broke their limbs, tore off their breasts if they were women, crushed their scrotums if they were men, imprisoned them, stabbed them, disemboweled them, hung them, burnt them alive. And you have nerve enough to complain to me that I laugh at you.
-- Dr. Madalyn Murray O Hair

Tell it like it was, Madalyn!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2018 at 3:07pm

My student often told me they didn't agree with what I said but I made them think. I could ask for no better compliment!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 4, 2018 at 6:52am

I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.
-- Socrates

At some levels, I wonder if this is indeed the real process of teaching and learning: the teacher putting information out to the students, who evaluate it and either accept or reject it, depending on their own attitudes and understandings. I suspect that the whole business of the process of transfer of knowledge is something that could be studied endlessly.

As for being made to think, I reflect on the number of times Robert Heinlein made me think with his stories and novels, and I smile at the truth of Socrates' statement.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 3, 2018 at 6:43pm

Good point in your Galbraith quote, Bertold.

 “It is time we consider the implications of it being too late to avert a global environmental catastrophe in the lifetimes of people alive today.” Professor Jem Bendell

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 3, 2018 at 2:58pm
"Let’s begin with capitalism, a word that has gone largely out of fashion. The approved reference now is to the market system. This shift minimizes - indeed, deletes - the role of wealth in the economic and social system. Instead of the owners of capital or their attendants in control, we have the admirably impersonal role of market forces. It would be hard to think of a change in terminology more in the interest of those to whom money accords power. They have now a functional anonymity."

~John Kenneth Galbraith

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