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 July 20, 2019 at 10:59am

"Please clean up after your dogma."

~  Dan Barker 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 20, 2019 at 7:18am

People who don't want you to think are never your friend.
-- TheraminTrees

This applies regardless of whether it's a religious fundamentalist or a jingoistic politician, trying to dictate what THEY think YOU should think. My recommendation to either person is a long walk off a short pier.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 19, 2019 at 5:11pm

Har-har! Hadn't heard that Bertrand Russell quote before, Loren.

Good Nietzsche anecdote, Joan.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 19, 2019 at 6:14am

Why should I allow that same God to tell me how to raise my kids, who had to drown His own?
--Bertrand Russell

I wonder ... is that why Jesus said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me?" Because he wanted to off the lot of 'em?!?

Comment by Loren Miller on July 18, 2019 at 5:41am

A learning experience is one of those things that say, "You know that thing you just did? Don't do that."
-- Douglass Adams

"The stove is hot, darling, don't touch it." The question becomes:

  • Who hears the lesson and doesn't touch the stove
  • Who touches it anyway and gets burnt
  • Who touches it CAREFULLY to confirm the above statement

Keep an eye on that last person. They may have the makings of a scientist or an engineer ... or at minimum, a skeptic!

Comment by Loren Miller on July 17, 2019 at 6:59pm

Totally down with that, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2019 at 5:20pm

An anecdote to Friedrich Nietzsche’s evaluation of Christianity:

Atheism is 

Joy with life,

Faith in oneself, 

Love of the world, 

Praise of  one's passions, 

Gratitude for beauty and sensuality,

Rejoice in this life. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2019 at 3:41pm

"the defective judgment that allowed religious authorities usurp the foundation of societal morality,"

~ Adebowale Babatunde Ojowuro, Echoes of Common Sense

Thanks Loren Miller

Comment by Loren Miller on July 17, 2019 at 7:26am

Wow ... no comment I could make would improve on the above!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 16, 2019 at 2:12pm

Instinct plus a higher brain, Loren. Even animals grieve.

 

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