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 Plinius on November 10, 2018 at 1:44pm

I never stopped!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 10, 2018 at 1:44pm

Judging from the number of women elected in the midterms, I'd say that the rebellion is well underway.

Comment by Patricia on November 10, 2018 at 1:02pm

Women need to start rebelling.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 10, 2018 at 7:20am

When women understand that governments and religions are human inventions; that Bibles, prayer-books, catechisms, and encyclical letters are all emanations from the brains of man, they will no longer be oppressed by the injunctions that come to them with the divine authority of Thus sayeth the Lord.
― Elizabeth Cady Stanton

That whole "Thus Sayeth The Lord" has been meant to make people shiver in their shoes since the phrase was invented. Now believers are confronted with people who YAWN when it is used, and I'm not convinced they fully know what to do about that.

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

It is our belief that, in a secular government, patriotism has no religion.
-- Larry Decker, Executive Director, Secular Coalition For America

These words were spoken at the recent Freedom From Religion Foundation convention in San Francisco (and would that I could have attended!). I think they are wonderfully reflective of an attitude which hasn't let up one iota against the problem which is religion.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 8, 2018 at 6:31am

When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.
-- Edward R. Murrow

The sad fact is that everything currently points to Donald Trump trying to KILL the "loyal opposition," with too much of the Republican party acting as co-conspirators. The next two years are liable to be VERY interesting.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 7, 2018 at 5:07pm

Excellent, Patricia.

Comment by Patricia on November 7, 2018 at 1:35pm

Or my favourite....

Comment by Loren Miller on November 7, 2018 at 6:20am

The hands that help are better far than lips that pray.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

No kidding. The former gets something accomplished. The latter? Not so much.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 6, 2018 at 5:09am

The man recognized this over 200 years ago, and yet people still don't get it.  Time to send a message: Get Your Asses To The Polls And VOTE!!!


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