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 Joan Denoo on February 13, 2019 at 9:06pm

"Oh wearisome Condition of Humanity!
Born under one law, to another bound:
Vainly begot and yet forbidden vanity,
Created sick, commanded to be sound:
What meaneth Nature by these diverse laws?
Passion and reason, self-division cause.
Is it the mark, or Majesty of Power
To make offences that it may forgive?
~ Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Chorus Sacerdotum.

Comment by Patricia on February 13, 2019 at 7:23pm

And here we all thought gawd doesn't make mistakes......

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 13, 2019 at 7:15pm

Comment by Loren Miller on February 13, 2019 at 7:19am

I think it's tragic that religion will break your leg to sell you a crutch.
-- Eric Murphy, "Talk Heathen"

I think it's less tragic than a blatant demonstration of chutzpah, myself, but it boils down to yet another variation on Hitchens' "created sick then commanded to be well" model. I think ths shoe fits.

Comment by Patricia on February 12, 2019 at 12:34pm


Religions have the solution to everything, so they keep solving all the problems that keep rising back up again, & again, so they can keep solving them over & over...………..& over...….

Comment by Loren Miller on February 12, 2019 at 5:46am

Religion. It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.
-- Jon Stewart

Dizzy yet?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 11, 2019 at 5:19pm

Nothing could be more American than the fate of our democracy now hanging (!) on what Enquirer editor Dylan Howard euphemistically describes as a “below-the-belt selfie.”

~Matt Taibbi

[Leave it to Rolling Stone to publish]

History’s 10 Most Culturally Significant Dick Pic Scandals

From Jeff Bezos to Anthony Weiner to Brett Favre, a look back at below the belt selfies that shook culture

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2019 at 5:13pm

Grinning Cat, I think we need to dream more, i.e., of a just society that treats all with respect and denounces, verbally and in matters of time and money those who bring harm to others. I dream of an Executive, Legislative, and Judicial for which I am proud. I dream of a county, not as written by wealthy, white men, but as claimed by those who had vision. I dream of building skills of relationships that can be based on trust. There exist civil ways to resolve conflicts and solve problems. I dream of a society that values communication skills and knows how to use them. 

If we can't dream them, we can't create them. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2019 at 4:58pm

Ruth, my 83 years show in my joints and muscles, my wrinkles get deeper. It reminds me of an old friend, Mrs. Swan, a Native American, who had wrinkles so deep I swear she could hold a nickel in them.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2019 at 4:55pm

Loren, as usual, you write powerfully and bring to clear light definitions of the challenges women face. Sadly, men who have feminine characteristics face ridiculous hurdles. Even the language demonizes principles of compassion, i.e., effeminate. 

The good news is, there exist many individuals who love individuals as they are and who censure those who act brutishly, irresponsibly, unreliably, or are untrustworthy. 


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