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.

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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 4 hours ago

Theology is a subject with no object.
-- Dan Barker

Barker made this statement while discussing the issue of the Koine Greek word, "pistis," which roughly translates to "faith." Have to say, I about died from laughter. So many believers want to allege there is a god, but not one of them can drag said deity out of the woodwork and SHOW him to us.

And I'm pretty sure they never will.

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

As Peter Berger has noted, the strategy of apologizing for Christian faith by trying to demonstrate its social utility is always eventually self-liquidating. Sooner of later people realize that a great many of the supposedly practical and secular benefits of the Christian religion can be had more easily without religion...The logic of practical atheism may well be more deeply ingrained in the evangelical tradition than conservatives perhaps have realized.
-- Craig M. Gay, The Way of the (Modern) World: Or, Why It's Tempting to Live As If God Doesn't Exist

I've said it many times: there is nothing of value that can be done with religion that can't be done WITHOUT religion.

Comment by Patricia yesterday

Always loved Danny Kaye.

Comment by Loren Miller on Thursday

Life is a great big canvas. Throw all the paint you can at it.
-- Danny Kaye

I remember Danny Kaye from White Christmas, of course, as well as his other films and the variety show he had in the 60s. He seemed to be a man who was full of delight and wanting to share that delight with as many as he could ... which makes the above quote self-explanatory.

Comment by Loren Miller on Wednesday

Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.
-- David Hume

I read this and had to chuckle ... because it is SO DAMNED TRUE!

Comment by Patricia on Tuesday

Yes, back then, I'm sure it would have been the rope, or burning....something to punish anyway.

Comment by Loren Miller on Tuesday

As I understand it, Patricia, they were indeed deists, a good number of them.  My suspicion is that coming out pure atheist 250 years ago would not have gone over well.  These days ... I suspect they'd be with us.

Comment by Patricia on Tuesday

I read somewhere that they were deist or something.

Comment by Loren Miller on Tuesday

Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Okay ... now WHAT was that about Jefferson being a Christian? In the face of the above, I would love to hear someone try to assert that he was!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday

Great Ingersoll quote, Joan.

 

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