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 Jan 15. 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 Bertold Brautigan on January 11, 2019 at 5:16pm

The reverse Midas Touch of this president* now has left the planet.

~Charles Pierce, (noting that the glitch with the Hubble telescope can't be fixed until mission operators return to work at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, where employees are on involuntary leave during the closure.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2019 at 4:28pm

When government uses their right of eminent domain on my property, I will put up a fight. Wait a minute, I own nothing. No house, or car and I have only a few books I saved from giving away.  Oh yes, I have garden tools that my father left me. The government wouldn't want them, I hope. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 11, 2019 at 1:30pm

The news won’t be so fake when it records government surveyors telling your daughter to move her bike so they can measure your front lawn for a guard tower

~Barry Friedman

Comment by Patricia on January 11, 2019 at 1:06pm

I was about 6 when I started questioning that. I was a moron, but lived among protestants, catholics,  presbyterians, etc., & saw jws at the door....how could they all be right?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2019 at 7:50am

Bertold, a wonderful quote from Russell. I love to debate and wish I were better at it. 

Comment by Loren Miller on January 11, 2019 at 6:33am

“All true believers have good reasons for disbelieving in every god except their own,” said Birbal, “and so it is they who, between them, give me all the reasons for believing in none.”
-- Salman Rushdie

The above is strikingly similar to another quote expressing the same sentiment:

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
-- Stephen F. Roberts

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 10, 2019 at 8:29am

Loren - excellent point from Flemming Rose. Would that more people saw this as self-evident!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 10, 2019 at 8:23am

The term “religious freedom” in America has morphed, without consensus, to effectively mean for many “the authority to force others to comply with your own personal religious beliefs.”

~ Rick Snedeker

from Patheos - No. The term ‘religious freedom’ is not a license to torture anything.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 10, 2019 at 8:17am

I am quite happy to oppose unjust or illegitimate authority anywhere it occurs, Bertold, and I have had a belly full of the current unjust authority hanging out around Pennsylvania Avenue.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 10, 2019 at 8:14am

But the liberal attitude does not say that you should oppose authority. It says only that you should be free to oppose authority, which is quite a different thing. The essence of the liberal outlook in the intellectual sphere is a belief that unbiased discussion is a useful thing and that men should be free to question anything if they can support their questioning by solid arguments. The opposite view, which is maintained by those who cannot be called liberals, is that the truth is already known, and that to question it is necessarily subversive.

~Bertrand Russell


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