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 Joan Denoo Feb 11. 14 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 January 18, 2019 at 11:09am

I suspect, Bertold, that it will only come when secular voters get sick and tired of Christian presumption on our shared government and demand that both the government and those who run it recognize that it is SECULAR ... both de jure and de facto ... and that religion has no place in it.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 18, 2019 at 9:30am

In a more perfect union, the enormous and demonstrable advantages to our society of affordable (free, if necessary) and universally available birth control would always trump — no pun intended — invented sectarian moralities.
. . . When are we going to cleanse secular American law of such religious corruptions?
~Rick Snedeker

Comment by Loren Miller on January 18, 2019 at 6:29am

Whoa.  I just had a look at the Bronx's new representative at work in the House of Representatives, and offhand, just a guess, she's got a pretty good handle on her new position:

The truth of this shutdown is that it's actually not about a wall, it is not about the border and it is certainly not about the well-being of everyday Americans. The truth is, this shutdown is about the erosion of American democracy and the subversion of our most basic governmental norms.
-- Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

And just to make the point a touch more graphically, have a look:

Comment by Loren Miller on January 18, 2019 at 5:37am

ATHEIST is really a thoroughly honest, unambiguous term, it admits of no paltering and no evasion, and the need of the world, now as ever, is for clear-cut issues and unambiguous speech.
-- Chapman Cohen

Which is why I have preferred that term as I have: there is no vagary to it and thus best understood for its meaning and import.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 17, 2019 at 9:27pm

Surely it is plain that those of us who are most careful to remain unmixed with our companions, who fear all self-loss and merging, soon find ourselves with nothing worth losing; whereas those who give themselves to what is beyond themselves are the very ones whose personalities impress us as distinct and unique.

~D E Harding

Comment by Patricia on January 17, 2019 at 12:36pm

Humans can be so ignorant.....animals are not.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 17, 2019 at 7:05am

We are the only species, to my knowledge, that can forsake life-saving medical research, demonize homosexuals, or fly planes into buildings because of what we tell one another about god.
-- Sam Harris

I think Sam is onto something here. I mean, cats sure don't do that!

Comment by Plinius on January 17, 2019 at 2:50am

I've had the same experience with my cats, they understand our moods and comfort us when we're stressed or sad.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 16, 2019 at 10:00pm

Interesting link, thanks Joan.

I think it depends upon the cat. When I was in the hopspital after a surgery and my husband was alone, he had to soon return a kitten. He sat on the sofa and cried. The kitten came up and liked his face. She's never done anything even close to that before.

Comment by Patricia on January 16, 2019 at 5:32pm

Our cats do ''nursing'' duties if we're not well. They just know.


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