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 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 Loren Miller on Monday

Bertold, do you supposed we tell dear Donnie about Dunning and Kruger and their little hypothesis?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Monday

The real limitation is ignorance of limitation.

~D.H. Harding

[Seems to me this is a lesson a certain president* would do well to learn.]

Comment by Patricia on Monday

As I am mostly a loner, people usually ignored me, looked down their noses at me, or made sure I was never included in anything unless they were told to by someone else. The outcast role was very much mine even with parents, etc. My friends were pets, music, & books.

For many years I tried to fit in, nothing ever worked until I got the first pc, discovered so many atheism articles to read, & then ''found my place''. Online for me works great.....face to face does not. Of course there a few people I can feel comfortable with, but not too many, & never crowds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Monday

Comment by Joan Denoo on Monday

Also, Patricia, one doesn't risk getting a slap to the face or a kick to the legs, or being called a name, or being embarrassed by the reaction of others.

I like the keyboard, too, and especially since I can do fact-checks as I compose.  

Because I spend so much writing time with politics, religion and agriculture as my themes, I run into a lot of criticism and some of it is very ugly. 

Comment by Patricia on Monday

It is scary, Loren.

I remember reading that one, Bertold. Still doesn't help me with quick responses to others however. That's why I prefer the keyboard…..I can type something....read it over, make changes, add more, remove some, or not post anything at all.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Monday

The Hitch had a wonderful response when someone said "I'll pray for you."

Hitch: "I'll think for you."

Comment by Loren Miller on Monday

The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance. -- Carl Sagan

Exactly so, Carl. It has continued on past your time ... and it scares me to death.

Comment by Plinius on Monday


Comment by Patricia on Monday

It most certainly simplifies things, Plinius.


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