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

Aron Ra on Gods, Demons, and the Meaning of Life

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 17 hours ago. 2 Replies

This isn't quite a rant, but it's more than just a talk or a speech.  What follows here is the end of something Aron Ra delivered several years ago which has stuck with me practically since I first…Continue

Tags: soul, bible, skeptic, devil, god


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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2019 at 3:14pm

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.


Quote Investigator: QI believes that this adage was inspired by a sentence that was written by Honoré de Balzac, but the expression has been simplified in an evolutionary process. Here is the original in French from a serialization of “Le Père Goriot” published in “Revue de Paris” in 1834: 1

”Le secret des grandes fortunes sans cause apparente est un crime oublié, parce qu’il a été proprement fait.”


Comment by Loren Miller on March 21, 2019 at 6:13am

The thing about the word, “sacred” is that it also attempts to turn its assertions into not just truth but ABSOLUTE TRUTH, without any hint of demonstration or corroboration.
-- me

Worse, it wants you to accept those truths without question and doubting them is intolerable. Anyone got a problem with that?

Comment by Loren Miller on March 20, 2019 at 5:08am

New struggles. -- After Buddha was dead, they still showed his shadow in a cave for centuries -- a colossal, horrible shadow. God is dead, but given the way people are, there may still be caves for millennia in which his shadow is displayed. -- And we -- we must still defeat his shadow as well!
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

With Yahweh, though, all there ever has been is a shadow and allegations of his existence, made by men, who wanted to convince others that there was substance to project that shadow. In truth, there is none and never has been.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 19, 2019 at 5:45am

I would defend the liberty of consenting adult creationists to practice whatever intellectual perversions they like in the privacy of their own homes; but it is also necessary to protect the young and innocent.
--Arthur C. Clarke

The problem, of course, is that parents are mostly determined to bring their kids up the way THEY were brought up, though without thinking of the impact of what is being taught or the irrationality they are introducing to their children's lives.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 18, 2019 at 5:51am

Unfortunately, while all answers are responses, not all responses are answers.
-- Ta’Lon to G’Kar, Babylon 5

I can't help but notice that we get more "responses" than "answers" from the White House these days, with Sarah Huckabee Sanders being the biggest offender in this regard. WHYIZZAT?

Comment by Loren Miller on March 17, 2019 at 8:07am

Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin; the victim can't help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

Would that it were true. The one exception to the above axiom is when stupidity has company, which is precisely what a church commonity supplies to the fatuous folly which is religious belief.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 16, 2019 at 8:30am

Isaac knew whereof he spoke, I think.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 15, 2019 at 10:30pm

”An unhealthy society is one which creates mutual hostility, distrust, which transforms man into an instrument of use and exploitation for others, which deprives him of a sense of self, except inasmuch as he submits to others or becomes an automaton.”

—Erich Fromm

In Care and Cure: An Introduction to Philosophy of Medicine, page 200.

By Jacob Stegenga

Comment by Loren Miller on March 15, 2019 at 5:56am

When the course of experience made me see that there is no saviour and no special grace, no remission beyond the human, that pain is to be endured and fades, if it fades, only with time, then God became nothing to me but a dyslexic dog, with neither bark nor bite.
-- Yann Martel

HEY, Dyslexic's DOG!!! This guy talkin' about YOU??? We all know you got both bark AND bite, so I'm wonderin' what the heck! [grin!]

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 14, 2019 at 2:02pm

Just as there are natural laws that order the universe, there are natural laws that empower healthy social functioning. What are the natural laws?

Martin Seligman gives us a clue by identifying "flourishing" as a natural result of healthy social functioning. 


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