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 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 Loren Miller on June 19, 2019 at 6:04pm

The real problem is Trump's followers once he leaves office.  As I have said before, he effectively gave them permission to come out and become more public.  Getting them to understand that their attitudes and positions are at best problematic and at worst damaging and detrimental to the nature of the culture of the United States will be a near-impossible task.

Comment by Patricia on June 19, 2019 at 2:14pm

Hopefully prison before dying.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 19, 2019 at 2:11pm

"Trump is not going to disappear until he dies or goes to jail." 

Michael Wolff, controversial reporter, author and biographer

Good quote, Joan. Too few appreciate how dependent we are upon healthy soil.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 19, 2019 at 9:35am

"If we want clean water, we have to get the biology back in our soils. If we want to grow and harvest crops, we have to build soil and fertility with time, not destroy it. The only way to reach these endpoints is to improve the life in the soil."

 Dr. Elaine Ingham, Chief Scientist, Living Soil Compost Lab LLC

Comment by Loren Miller on June 19, 2019 at 6:18am

Very true, Chris (though I should have said 2020 and not 2019! [OOPS!]).  Trump is obtuse ... and I'm hoping fatally so.

Comment by Plinius on June 19, 2019 at 6:16am

Trump won't learn that, he'd rather complain that everyone is mean to him.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 19, 2019 at 5:37am

If you don't have the balls to face the music, don't step onto the dance floor.
-- me

Even at this stage of the game, Trump has failed to learn this critical lesson, and come the first Wednesday after the first Monday in November of 2019, there is an exceptionally good chance he will have it rubbed in his face.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 18, 2019 at 5:18pm

Why is anything here? Because the conditions were favorable for all of this to be here, including US. Or, in other words:

What could have happened DID.
-- Obert Kimberly "Dreamer" Tatum

Comment by Craigart14 on June 18, 2019 at 5:09pm

Try this for begging the question: "Why are we here? What is our purpose? Science can't answer this question." This argument in all its different forms, assumes that humans have a purpose--a "fact" not established.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 18, 2019 at 5:40am

There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity.
-- Robertson Davies

Seems as though that goes for religion and politics both, particularly on the Republican side of the ledger these days.


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