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 Sunday

Do you think they might be a whole lot happier over there [Pakistan] if they could just get women and booze in the same room at the same time?
-- Congressman Charlie Wilson

Not for a second do I think that Charlie was kidding when he said that. If Islam could unbend sufficiently to recognize the humanity of its adherents, I think the world would be a much happier (and SAFER!) place.  Sadly, I also wonder at Islam's ability to consider ANY kind of change.

Comment by Loren Miller on Sunday

An excellent quote, Chris, one I can verify by my own experience.  Thanks for posting it!

Comment by Patricia on Sunday

Sounds good.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Sunday

Well stated, Plinius!

Comment by Plinius on Sunday

Comment by Patricia on Saturday

Good one.

Comment by Loren Miller on Saturday

The reason religious beliefs need protection from ridicule is that they are ridiculous.
-- Michael Nugent

The above was one of the runners-up at the Center For Inquiry's 2009 Blasphemy Contest. I thought that, considering the recent conversation here, it was time to post it.

Comment by Loren Miller on Saturday

Joan, this is one of the ways I have fun on this site.  If you enjoy what I and others put up here, so much the better!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Saturday

I agree with, "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." But I also recognize human limitations, that a significant percentage of us abhor freedom and responsibility to think for ourselves. You'd have to provide a more benign substitute for those needy individuals who feel overwhelmed and lost on their own, without an entity to take charge of their lives.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Saturday

@Bertold, A fine piece of advice"

"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."  And 

"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


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