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 18 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 Tuesday

“On income inequality, I am left of Karl Marx.”

~ Jeremy Grantham

Comment by Loren Miller on Monday

Go love your own enemies; don't be loving mine.  My enemies are the theocratic fascists.  I don't love them.  I want to destroy them.
-- Christopher Hitchens

I just used this quote in a comment on my piece about the nones equaling the number of evangelicals or Cat... in the United States and the necessity of confrontation of their principles and goals, and I think it's utterly on point.  Don't think for a second that this will not be a contentious process.  Christians in this country and around the world have worked to establish their position and privilege in government and society and they won't give it up easily.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 14, 2019 at 6:15am

And we're getting there ... slow but sure.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2019 at 5:07am

Bertold, I agree:

Most of the religion that litters our planet seems indistinguishable from mental illness.

~Peter J. Carroll

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2019 at 4:56am

When people show you who they are, believe them the first time."
~Maya Angelou

Remember this because it will happen many times in your life. When people show you who they are the first time believe them. Not the 29th. time. When a man doesn't call you back the first time, when you are mistreated the first time, when someone shows you lack of integrity or dishonesty the first time, know that this will be followed many many other times, that will some point in life come back to haunt or hurt you. Live your life in truth. Don't pretend to be someone you're not. You will survive anything if you live your life from the point of view of truth.”
― Oprah Winfrey

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

Of all our instincts the religious one seems particularly vulnerable to our profound suggestibility. All too easily it gets subverted for the purposes of social and political control, or simply to make a living for wicked old men.

Most of the religion that litters our planet seems indistinguishable from mental illness.

~Peter J. Carroll

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2019 at 2:42pm

Tragically, our country deteriorates daily because of the gross policies of Trump and his brood. I see nothing productive or enriching in this era. 

My beautiful granddaughter and her partner with their two precious children spent a few hours with us bringing joy. They are hard-working, good citizens, caring, loving family going into a future with a wreck of a nation. When they left, taking their dreams and hopes to build a strong and healthy family in a decent society out of a depressed and hate-filled one filled me with both pride and hope. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 13, 2019 at 10:34am

Wilson is one of my heroes. One of my faves of his cracks is

Convictions cause convicts;

whatever you believe imprisons you.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 13, 2019 at 5:58am

Belief is the death of intelligence. As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence.
-- Robert Anton Wilson

I would modify Robert's statement to say "belief without reason," especially as the very word "belief" can be slippery, but otherwise, he has it precisely. Blind, unthinking belief is a thought-stopper and a conversation-stopper.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 12, 2019 at 8:17pm

How anyone can refer to the concept of humanity in a conversation about Donald Trump is beyond me.


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