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 March 12, 2019 at 4:25pm

Joan, the problem with child molesters, as I understand it, is that there is no currently available therapy which effectively and reliably counters their predilection.  I for one would NOT want them out in society.  If you have a better solution, I'd love to hear it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 12, 2019 at 4:16pm

"They have got this mentality that they are worthless without God."

~ Matt Dillahunty > Loren Miller 

Deliberately trained to be dependent!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 12, 2019 at 4:12pm

"priest child sexual abuse" = prayer + faith = priest child sexual abuse

"child sexual abuse" = prosecution for a crime = many imprisoned men experience rape in prison =? = 

What becomes of men who go to prison on convictions of child sexual abuse? How have their lives changed because of being convicted and imprisoned into a violent, dysfunction world of prison?  Are children safer? Is society better off?

Comment by Loren Miller on March 12, 2019 at 6:09am

The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance...logic can be happily tossed out the window.
-- Stephen King

I have been saying much the same thing since I came out as an atheist.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 11, 2019 at 6:00am

And yet people ask what's the harm of religion - and we cite all these different problems with religion: the global gag-rules and things like that , the oppression of different people - but there's a bigger harm with religion, and it's the reason why I'm outspoken about it, and that's because the average feel-good Johnny-in-the-pew person who is decent and kind and loving and good to their family and generally a good person to be around has polluted their mind to the point where they are unable to take credit for their accomplishments and responsibility for their actions. They are unable to interact on an interpersonal level with the people around them, to build a community in this cooperative society where that is absolutely essential. They have got this mentality that they are worthless without God. [emphasis mine]
-- Matt Dillahunty

I think that particular facet which I highlighted is especially common with the evangelicals and perhaps the Catholics. I don't think I was ever exposed to that form of dogma, and a good thing, too, but too many of the rest of us HAVE been, and getting shut of THAT is no small task.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 10, 2019 at 6:26am

Materialism sets us free from sin-by proving that there is no such thing as sin. There's just antisocial behavior, which we can control with measures like laws and educational programs.
-- Phillip E. Johnson

Removing "sin" as an operant concept also disallows its being conflated with "crime," as with the priest child abuse scandal. This better opens the possibility of its being dealt with in the courts rather than with ineffectual prayer.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2019 at 9:07pm

"The greatest generation is the generation that does not go to war."

~ Gloria Steinem, The Pioneers, Season 3 Episode 8, 

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Finding Your Roots, 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 9, 2019 at 6:12am

'Nuff said.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 8, 2019 at 5:48am

A Christian telling an atheist they're going to hell is as scary as a child telling an adult they're not getting any presents from Santa.
-- Ricky Gervais

[excuse me a second...] ROTFLMAO!!! Now ... what were we talking about? [grin!]

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 7, 2019 at 9:06pm

Oh! Yes! The shit hits the fan; and underneath the pile is a compassionate, caring man. However, off we go to Hang with Friends. 


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