Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

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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 authority, obedience, and "liberal" vs. "conservative" values

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 1. 1 Reply

Last week Loren shared this quotation in the group comments:But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial…Continue

Tags: politics, purity, loyalty, liberal, conservative

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2019 at 4:46pm

A powerful statement:

"I didn’t abandon my faith. I saw through it. The conflict between my faith and my sexuality set that process in motion, but the conclusions I reached at the end of that process —

* there are no gods,

* religion is man-made,

* faith can be a force for good or evil —  

"I’m grateful that my sexuality prompted me to think critically about faith. Pushed out? No. I walked out.

Dan Savage

Thanks to Loren Miller for this quote. 

Comment by Patricia on June 16, 2019 at 12:42pm

Even with all that, its a vacuum.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 16, 2019 at 5:39am

Take from the church the miraculous, the supernatural, the incomprehensible, the unreasonable, the impossible, the unknowable, the absurd, and nothing but a vacuum remains.
-- Robert G. Ingersoll

Yup, that says it ... though I would throw in "despicable" as well.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 15, 2019 at 7:30am

My father was a Catholic deacon, my mother was a lay minister and I thought about becoming a priest. I was in church every Sunday for the first 15 years of my life. Now I spend my Sundays on my bike, on my snowboard or on my husband. I haven’t spent my post-Catholic decades in a sulk, wishing the church would come around on the issue of homosexuality so that I could start attending Mass again. I didn’t abandon my faith. I saw through it. The conflict between my faith and my sexuality set that process in motion, but the conclusions I reached at the end of that process — there are no gods, religion is man-made, faith can be a force for good or evil — improved my life. I’m grateful that my sexuality prompted me to think critically about faith. Pushed out? No. I walked out. [emphasis mine]
-- Dan Savage

I love this quote, because it gives expression to what happens when someone opens their eyes and truly sees what the church is, and because of that, has no further use for it. That the RCC stands in continued opposition to Savage's sexuality only adds fuel to that fire.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 14, 2019 at 5:21am

Human history is a constant race between education and catastrophe.
-- H. G. Wells

I ran onto this quote during Seth Andrews' interview with Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and it struck me instantly, especially considering that the biggest single obstacle we face as atheists is the determined ignorance of too many believers.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2019 at 9:15pm

Loren, thanks for the definition of otiose. I was about to look it up. 

Comment by Loren Miller on June 13, 2019 at 6:27am

Belief is otiose; reality is sufficiently awesome as it stands.
-- Martin Amis

And in case you're curious:

o·ti·ose (adjective) – serving no practical purpose or result.

As regards religious belief, I have no argument at all, as I find it to be utterly specious.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 12, 2019 at 5:46pm

I had no idea Thomas Jefferson and John Adams said that. Thanks, Loren.

Comic books as early as Darwin?

Comment by Patricia on June 12, 2019 at 3:05pm

Excellent.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 12, 2019 at 3:01pm

Ohhhhh, THAT WORKS, Joan.  That works in spades!

 

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