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

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Craigart14 Jun 1. 6 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

"We need a much broader conversation on what morality of pro-life is"

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Apr 28. 3 Replies

"I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a…Continue

Tags: Planned, Parenthood, contraception, Pro-life,, O.S.B.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 20. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2019 at 8:39pm

Science, that very special way of thinking, using skepticism as a tool, looking constantly for evidence, not allowing religion, politics, attitudes, beliefs, customs, and traditions to get in the way of finding possibilities, probabilities, and preferabilities when choosing values. 

~ me

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 24, 2019 at 5:19pm

Science is like searching in a dark cellar for a black cat using a flashlight.

Experimental science is like searching in a dark cellar for a black cat using a laser pointer (and a face mask!).

Comment by Loren Miller on May 24, 2019 at 6:01am

And while searching in that dark cellar, theologians may find anything and CLAIM it is that black cat.  Perhaps that is one reason why there are over 30,000 different Christian Protestant denominations currently extant!

Comment by Loren Miller on May 23, 2019 at 5:29am

It’s the strangest thing about this church - it is obsessed with sex, absolutely obsessed. Now, they will say we, with our permissive society and rude jokes, are obsessed. No. We have a healthy attitude. We like it, it’s fun, it’s jolly; because it’s a primary impulse it can be dangerous and dark and difficult. It’s a bit like food in that respect, only even more exciting. The only people who are obsessed with food are anorexics and the morbidly obese, and that in erotic terms is the Catholic Church in a nutshell.
-- Stephen Fry, on the Catholic Church and sex

Of all the observant and powerful comments regarding the Catholic Church and its failure to be a positive influence Stephen Fry made during the 2009 Intelligence Squared debate: "Is the Catholic Church a force for good in the world," none were more succinct or on point than the above-cited quote. Perhaps the saddest part in all of this is in the 10 years since Fry said those words, very little has changed with that intractable organization.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 22, 2019 at 6:33am

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

I have been saying much the same thing for a while: that there is certainly wrongdoing in the world, which requires laws and correction to balance, but sin? Sin supposedly is an offense against some deity, and until that deity can be isolated and identified, sin becomes as meaningless and nonsensical as the god is.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 21, 2019 at 6:02am

Don't you know there ain't no devil, there's just God when he's drunk?
-- Tom Waits

And judging from his supposed creation, I'd say he's been on the world's longest bender!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 20, 2019 at 2:39pm

"The problem, as it has always been, is whether they WANT to be educated, empowered, and emboldened."

~ Loren Miller 

As an educator, I faced this challenge with every student I encountered. Those who wanted education, empowerment, and to be emboldened stood out. Those who needed those qualities stood out as well; all too often, they revealed no interest.  

Comment by Loren Miller on May 20, 2019 at 6:04am

... remember the weak, meek and ignorant are always good targets.
-- Charles Keating

THAT ... is what the moneyed and arrogant oligarchs of this country think of the peasantry, people, and it is why those out of power need to be educated, empowered, and emboldened to put the super-rich of this country in their place. The problem, as it has always been, is whether they WANT to be educated, empowered, and emboldened.

Comment by Plinius on May 20, 2019 at 12:56am

cleverness   stupidity

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 19, 2019 at 5:57pm

Humans: the real threat to life on Earth

"Earth is home to millions of species. Just one dominates it. Us. Our cleverness, our inventiveness, and our activities have modified almost every part of our planet. In fact, we are having a profound impact on it. Indeed, our cleverness, our inventiveness, and our activities are now the drivers of every global problem we face. And every one of these problems is accelerating as we continue to grow towards a global population of 10 billion. In fact, I believe we can rightly call the situation we're in right now an emergency – an unprecedented planetary emergency."


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