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 Joan Denoo on Saturday

I cannot fathom the reasons Karen Armstrong remains a believer in a god or a savior, however, she has keen insight of the mistakes made by those who think they know the will of god. Man made god becomes a tyrant by definition. 

"Instead of inspiring the compassion that should characterize all advanced religions, “he” (god) can encourage us to judge, condemn, and marginalize."
-- Karen Armstrong

Thank you, Loren, for Karen's quotes. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on Saturday

Gentlemen, you provide me with a massive amount of thoughtful quotes to ponder on a cold, windy day. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 7, 2018 at 5:11am

With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil — that takes religion.
-- Steven Weinberg

In recent days, I would also say that politics might qualify as a similar basis for such behavior, but religion has all but had the monopoly on this brand of stupid practically from the get-go.

Comment by Patricia on December 6, 2018 at 12:33pm

Or they want to go back to the ''good old days''.....

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

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
― Isaac Asimov

Mostly, I suspect, because ordinary people don't want to CHANGE. They like things as they are; they WANT things AS THEY ARE, and change, especially personal change, is uncomfortable for them.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 5, 2018 at 8:27am

Wow. EXCELLENT quote, Bertold!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 5, 2018 at 8:25am

Religion’s free reign to ruthlessly rule and rip through the flesh and the freedoms of our fellow human beings must be brought to an end. It should no longer be seen as rude to ridicule ridiculous religious beliefs and behaviours – it should be deemed a virtue, a necessity, a must, and one of the greatest services to humanity. The old and tired social norms that continue to excuse religious barbarism and oppression must be repealed and revised lest we wish to continue living beneath the unbearable yoke of religious tyranny.  Outspoken anti-theism is the vaccine needed to bring about an overdue social and psychological revolution that will leave religion to rely upon its own merits, and this will destroy it – for religion is virtually meritless.  All that is good about religion comes from humanity and humanity alone, so humanity alone can express and practice these virtues without the fear-induced fallacies and felonies that have been a hallmark of humanity’s greatest error…religion.

~Michael Sherlock

Comment by Loren Miller on December 5, 2018 at 5:41am

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Wow. How many people in this day and age could stand to learn THAT lesson?

Comment by Loren Miller on December 4, 2018 at 5:57am

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
-- Aristotle

This is one quote I will gladly endorse enthusiastically ... because I personally find it to be 100% true.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 3, 2018 at 4:58am

A personalized God can be a mere idol carved in our own image - a projection of our limited needs, fears, and desires. We can assume that he loves what we love and hates what we hate, endorsing our prejudices instead of compelling us to transcend them. When he seems to fail to prevent a catastrophe or seems even to desire a tragedy, he can seem callous and cruel. A facile belief that a disaster is the will of God can make us accept things that are fundamentally unacceptable. The very fact, as a person, God has a gender is also limiting: It means that the sexuality of half the human race is sacralized at the expense of the female and can lead to neurotic and inadequate imbalance in human sexual mores. A personal God can be dangerous, therefore. Instead of pulling us beyond our limitations, “he” can encourage us to remain complacently within them; “he” can make us cruel, callous, self-satisfied and partial as “he” seems to be. Instead of inspiring the compassion that should characterize all advanced religions, “he” can encourage us to judge, condemn, and marginalize.
-- Karen Armstrong

I will admit not to having read any of Karen Armstrong's work (and I have heard plus-and-minus about her attitudes regarding atheism), but the above is a powerful and cogent inducement to do so. I find it positively DANGEROUSLY on point.


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