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 Monday

Soon the poor won't have anything to eat but the rich.
-- Robert Reich

This disturbing little prediction came as a part of a video Reich created, entitled The Big Economic Switcheroo. My own POV is that it and probably the rest of Robert's YouTube work is well-deserving of your attention.

Comment by Patricia on Sunday

And a lousy actor.

Comment by Loren Miller on Sunday

Now THAT is a genuine GOODIE, Chris!  And not just true as hell but strongly evinced in both the cases of both the current orange nightmare and Dubya!

Comment by Plinius on Sunday

Comment by Loren Miller on Sunday

I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.
-- Thomas Jefferson

I wouldn't quite go that far, even as an atheist. I'm willing to stipulate that the sense of community that belief systems foster is a persuasive and powerful positive, but when that facet is used as much to further indoctrinate its members as it is to promote good works in the general society around them, I have a severe problem with that.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 13, 2019 at 8:37am

The terrible error in the course of human civilization is undoubtedly the defective judgment that allowed religious authorities usurp the foundation of societal morality, in which all collective ethics of humankind must take a cause. This appalling blunder is comparable only to assigning the leper exclusive franchise to run beauty clinics in the society; this can only lead to cycles upon cycles of common infection syndrome.
-- Adebowale Babatunde Ojowuro, Echoes of Common Sense

When this same observation regarding the arrogation of morality by religion has been made so many times by so many different observers from multiple disparate cultures, it deserves more attention than it has gotten to date, IMHO.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 12, 2019 at 10:21pm

Loren, top-notch quotes of Fred Van Amburgh and Douglass Adams! I agree. 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 12, 2019 at 7:55am

We don't have to save the world. The world is big enough to look after itself. What we have to be concerned about is whether or not the world we live in will be capable of sustaining us in it.
-- Douglass Adams

Ahhhh, there's the rub, especially considering what made the question of our self-sustaining non-trivial to begin with!

Comment by Loren Miller on July 11, 2019 at 7:13am

If wishes were fishes, we'd all cast nets.
-- Gurney Halleck, Dune

Wishes are like prayer: useless, and Gurney Halleck, being the pragmatic fighting man that he was and responsible for the instruction of his master, Leto Atreides' son, Paul, he had no use for them. Gurney might better agree with the following:

Dream big dreams, then put on your overalls and go out and make the dreams come true.
-- Fred Van Amburgh

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 10, 2019 at 4:00pm

Wow! This string of quotes and comments blow me away! What a wonderful (full of wonder) way to start my day! Thanks, Cane, Loren, Ruth, and Grinning Cat! 


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