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 Loren Miller on July 27, 2019 at 7:31am

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
-- Bertrand Russell

The intelligent are smart enough to know that they don't know it all. The stupid figure they know enough; why spoil it by knowing more, not realizing that that "something more" might be infinitely more critical to the situation than what they've learned to this point.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 26, 2019 at 8:37pm

And I think that Werner Herzog's view of what America may be doing to be terrifying.  Whether it's true or not will likely be borne out in about a year and a half ... on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 2020.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 26, 2019 at 8:33pm

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I agree thay your view of death is healthy, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 26, 2019 at 5:52am

I find that death is nothing to fear or be intimidated by, that the final loss of consciousness I will one day experience will be no more daunting than my nightly excursion into sleep ... except that I mean to enjoy the days that I have and can share with my wife for as long as I can.
-- me

I flatter myself that the above is a pretty healthy view of death, that I prefer to embrace LIFE for as long as I have it, and to continue to learn and grow and share for the simple joy of doing so.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 25, 2019 at 6:18am

I don't know what I believe anymore. If God does exist, then He's just an asshole, creating this world full of human suffering and letting all these terrible things happen to good people, and sitting there and doing nothing about it. At June's memorial service, a few people came up to me and said some really stupid things, like how everything happens for a reason, and God never gives us more than we can handle. All I could think was, does that mean if I was a weaker person, this never would've happened? Am I seriously supposed to buy that June's death was part of some stupid divine plan? I don't believe that. I can't. It just doesn't make sense.
-- Hannah Harrington, Saving June

Not to me, either, Hannah, not to me, either...

Comment by Loren Miller on July 24, 2019 at 8:15am

The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity.
-- John Adams

Has it ever! Was he a man? Was he a god? Was he a bit of both? Was he the reincarnation of a holy man of the past? The piss-poor narrative which are the gospels leave these and too many other questions open for wild conjecture, and thus it should be no great surprise to see the current product thereof.

Comment by Patricia on July 23, 2019 at 12:39pm

Exactly. But in my case, religion was never ''comfortable''.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 23, 2019 at 6:08am

Smart man, whether you like his movies or not.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 22, 2019 at 5:45am

I think we have to stop honoring people for stopping thinking.
-- Daniel Dennett

And the direct cause of that stopping thinking that Dennett referred to is faith – belief without proof. So long as people wish to claim that "I know that I know that I know that I know..." et cetera, this intellectual poison will persist in our society.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 21, 2019 at 7:54am

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I don't hear a lot from J. T. Eberhard a lot lately, and that's a shame, especially considering the quality of the words he offers us here.

 

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