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 on Saturday. 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 27, 2019 at 2:34am

"If we are going to beat the dominator culture, we will have to educate ourselves out of it and make that process as much a part of the new culture as religion was part of the old."

I agree! Now, how do we do that? We were educated into believing god is real. What new education do we need?

Comment by Loren Miller on March 26, 2019 at 6:37pm

I doubt the answer is that simple, Joan.  The problem, if I understand it, has a considerable part of its source in our reptile brain, and like it or not, that's a fundamental part of ourselves.  We see the evidence of that daily every time we open a newspaper or watch a news broadcast.  If we are going to beat the dominator culture, we will have to educate ourselves out of it and make that process as much a part of the new culture as religion was part of the old.  On top of that, we will have to be constantly on guard for that atavistic part of ourselves reasserting itself.

The condition is chronic, so the solution will have to be ongoing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2019 at 6:09pm

Ruth, the remedy? 

Honesty with ourselves, and authenticity?

Admitting weaknesses and mistakes to ourselves or others?"

Comment by Loren Miller on March 26, 2019 at 3:17pm

Are those your own words Ruth? They're damn good words!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 26, 2019 at 3:04pm

Honesty with ourselves, also called authenticity, is incompatible with our current Dominator culture. It can only be tolerated when compartmentalized. Admitting weaknesses and mistakes to yourself or others threatens the provisional self esteem based on invidious comparison upon which hierarchy depends.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 26, 2019 at 5:29am

What could have happened, DID. That's what I know.
-- Obert Kimberly "Dreamer" Tatum, Semi-Tough, by Dan Jenkins

Indeed, what has happened, from that initial KABOOM 13.78 billion years ago to right now, happened because the conditions were right for it TO HAPPEN. No god required.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 25, 2019 at 6:01am

Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
-- Walter Anderson

[sigh] Anyone for a TALL order?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2019 at 3:49pm

"My own belief, more than once set afloat from this spot, is that it will take us, soon or late, into the stormy waters of Fascism. To be sure, that Fascism is not likely to be identical with the kinds on tap in Germany, Italy and Russia; indeed, it is very apt to come in under the name of anti-Fascism. And its first Duce, whether the Hon. Mr. Roosevelt or another, will not call himself a dictator, but a scutcher* of dictators.”

~ H. L. Mencken, “The Baltimore Sun” (November 1938)

*scutcher defined: ”The scutching process separates the impurities from the raw material, such as the seeds from raw cotton or the straw and woody stem from flax fibers. Scutching can be done by hand or by a machine known as a scutcher.”

~ Wikipedia

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2019 at 3:47pm

”When and if fascism comes to America it will not be labeled “made in Germany; it will not be marked with a swastika; it will not even be called fascism; it will be called, of course, “Americanism,” 

~ Professor Halford E. Luccock of the Divinity School of Yale University in a sermon at the Riverside Church, Riverside Drive and 122d Street, reported in the 1938 September 12, New York Times, Disguised Fascism Seen as a Menace, Quote Page 15, New York. (ProQuest) 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 24, 2019 at 8:36am

The only unnatural act is the one that cannot be performed.
-- Alfred Kinsey

Back in Kinsey's day, homosexuality was one "perversion" among many which supposedly chaste and pure Christianity was prepared to use as a whipping boy to discipline and scare their flocks. Now after Jimmy Swaggart and Ted Haggard and too many others, it would be nice to think that the fundamentalists have learned their lesson ... or maybe they're just hiding better...


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