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.

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Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman on Tuesday. 12 Replies

"APHORISM XXV. He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or Church better than Christianity, and end loving himself better than all."~…Continue

Tags: Truth


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14, 2018. 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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2018 at 10:48pm

Bertold, that statement is profoundly true, "Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible."

Comment by Patricia on December 19, 2018 at 6:02pm


Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 19, 2018 at 5:35pm

At a hearing in Maryland, after hearing testimony from Democrat Jamie Raskin, State Senator Nancy Jacobs, a Republican, said, ‘My Bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman. What do you say about that?’ Raskin replied: ‘Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.’

Comment by Loren Miller on December 19, 2018 at 5:50am

I received your letter of June 10th. I have never talked to a Jesuit priest in my life and I am astonished by the audacity to tell such lies about me. From the viewpoint of a Jesuit priest I am, of course, and have always been an atheist.
-- Albert Einstein

And if that isn't clear enough to anyone who wants to allege that Einstein believed in a god, I can't help you.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 18, 2018 at 5:58am

Everything ought to be turned upside down occasionally; it lets in air and light.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Star Beast

I agree with this conditionally. Shaking things up to root out complacency and boredom is generally a good idea. Going so far as to elect an incompetent to the highest office in the land, however ... well, I think the evidence speaks for itself.

Comment by Patricia on December 17, 2018 at 1:29pm

Some would rather dirty their words, than dirty their hands.


Comment by Loren Miller on December 17, 2018 at 6:06am

Go ahead, God, you fat, filthy motherfucker, lightning-bolt my ass into oblivion if you're so tough!
-- Jeri Smith-Ready

I was only half right. Before we could make up our minds to start down the hill, the rumble started up again. Then the swaying ... then the greatly increased noise and violent movement of the land, and THIS city was destroyed. Again I saw our towering lighthouse crack and fall. Again the church fell in on itself. Again the dust clouds rose and with it the screams and howls.

I raised my clenched fit and shook it at the sky. "God damn it! STOP! Twice is too much."

I was not blasted.

-- Robert A. Heinlein, Job: A Comedy of Justice

Funny thing, that: doesn't matter, man or woman, no one ever IS blasted for blaspheming, not Ms. Smith-Ready for directly challenging whatever power might be nor Alexander Hergensheimer, after witnessing the Mexican city that had been his home decimated TWICE by two identical temblors.  The only time someone might pay a penalty for blasphemy is if some human, upset at hearing his or her god denigrated, does so. Any deity that might be involved never actually gets into the game. Now why would that be...?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 17, 2018 at 1:53am
"The hands that help are holier than the lips that pray."
The children of the stage (1899)

Read more at https://izquotes.com/quote/robert-green-ingersoll/the-hands-that-he...

Thanks to V.N.K.Kumar for bringing this quote to my attention. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 16, 2018 at 7:10am

What's the difference between a random god and no god at all?
-- Ricky Gervais

Good question. Believers posit a god who acts spuriously and intervenes roughly at the rate of random chance, whether beneficially or detrimentally. We might as well be talking about the god of "shit happens."

Comment by Loren Miller on December 15, 2018 at 7:04am

Every day, here and at home, we are warned about the enemy. But who is the enemy? Is it the alien? Well, we are all alien to one another. Is it the one who believes differently than we do? No, oh no, my friends. The enemy is fear. The enemy is ignorance. The enemy is the one who tells you that you must hate that which is different. Because, in the end, that hate will turn on you. And that same hate will destroy you.
-- Reverend Will Dexter, Babylon 5, “And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place”

Fear and ignorance, probably two of the biggest heavy hitters in the business of creating discord and dissension. Throw in "shame," "guilt," and "greed" and I suspect you've got all the majority stockholders.


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