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 Loren Miller on November 14, 2018 at 6:07am

@Bertold Considering that the Church DEPENDS on authority, of course they wouldn't want anyone challenging it?  That'd be a no-no!

@GC If conservatives have, indeed, gone fact free, what we need to do is associate a penalty with that practice: DISEMPOWER THEM to the best of our ability, and let's see how they like that!

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 14, 2018 at 12:53am

Find ways to speak the truth without inviting... "debate" about it... avoid speaking to liars and instead speak about them.

--Amanda Marcotte, in "Conservatives have gone fully fact-free: So how the heck do we even talk to them?" (Salon, Nov. 12, 2018)

(Move cursor over ellipses to get the omitted bits.)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 13, 2018 at 11:57pm

. . . the religious temperament is naturally conservative, and feels no desire to challenge authority.

~Colin Wilson

Comment by Loren Miller on November 13, 2018 at 9:18am

Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
― Virginia Woolf

No kiddin', Virginia ... not at all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2018 at 11:27pm

Gee whiz, Grinning Cat, you have a good memory!

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 12, 2018 at 11:04pm

When women understand that governments and religions are human inventions [...] 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 (quoted in full by Loren a couple of days ago)

Do you have memories of a father or preacher or judge speaking with a voice of Moses spewing out some ridiculous statement? [...] Well, if they can speak with the voice and authority of Moses, I can speak with the voice and authority of Mother Earth. She outranks Moses by a whole shot!
― Joan Denoo (here on AN a couple of years ago; the page doesn't seem to exist anymore, and I'd quoted her in Partnership Vision)

Comment by Loren Miller on November 12, 2018 at 7:30pm

Words are nothing without action.  Excellent quote, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2018 at 7:27pm

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

~ John F. Kennedy

Comment by Loren Miller on November 12, 2018 at 5:51am

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
-- George Orwell

NO SHIT, George!!! Deceit isn't currently universal, but to look at what's coming out of Dolt 45's mouth, you'd think it were so!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 11, 2018 at 6:19am

If there is a Creator-God, it has used methods of creation that are indistinguishable from nature, it has declined to make itself known for all of recorded history, it doesn't intervene in affairs on earth, and has made itself impossible to observe. Even if you believe in that God... why would you think it would want to be worshiped?
-- David G. McAfee

Good question, David. Damned good question...


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