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

"Mr. President ... I Don't Work For You"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 31. 13 Replies

There has been a major shot across President Donald Trump's bow and it came, believe it or not, from Fox News.  Specifically, it came from Fox reporter and commentator Neil Cavuto, in response to a…Continue

Tags: Neil Cavuto, Fox News, Donald Trump

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.

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Comment by Loren Miller on August 28, 2019 at 7:59am

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.
-- Isaac Asimov

A long time ago, I first heard that old saw, "The word ASSUME puts an ASS in front of U and ME" ... and personally, I never much cared for the view or the smell. So yeah, be careful of assumptions ... and keep those windows clean!

Comment by Loren Miller on August 27, 2019 at 8:11am

Is there anything that one couldn't believe based on faith?
-- Matt Dillahunty

The obvious answer to that one is, NO ... which is why faith is no reason and will never gain any traction with those who prefer rationality to irrationality.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 26, 2019 at 12:14pm

Joan, I only meant that I've willed my remains to a medical school. No surgery or travel plans.

It's commonly stated that climate change will hit the poor first and hardest. And while that's true, it obscures the fact that it's relentless and the uber-rich will not be spared. At 4C rise, the Earth will only support a billion people. That's going to happen sooner than the previous climate models predicted.

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So civilization as we know it is not compatible with a rise of three more degrees C. The hierarchy responsible for this will, in my view, be held to account by those suffering and having lost their future.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 26, 2019 at 7:05am

Add Santa Claus and the Easter bunny to that.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 26, 2019 at 6:44am

I don't differentiate much, except in degree, between people who believe in religion from those who believe in astrology, magic or the supernatural.
-- Andy Rooney

Funny thing: neither do I!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2019 at 1:13am

What skills will each one of us need to meet the challenges caused by climate change? 

First, we will need a whole lot of flexibility, especially since we have no history to help us make decisions under such conditions. 

Having survival skills of keeping calm in the face of chaos, keeping a clear vision of the goal to survive, and add on the notion of thriving in spite of adversity will help. 

Self-reliance comes in handy, especially if we know there is no god out there on the horizon to rescue us and no savior offers redemption. 

The reality is, we may be a witness to the end of life as we know it on Earth. Preparing ourselves for events that come beyond our ability to change means we will die with style and grace. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2019 at 12:29am

@Mary Annaïse Heglar, all humanity faces the prospect of rising seas, changing weather patterns, disruption to agriculture with droughts, floods, hurricanes, and typhoons, massive refugees from areas in distress, overcrowding of temporary quarters, increase in diseases, food shortages, undrinkable water, disruption to wage-workers, stress caused by not knowing how to meet these changes, children in distress with so many and unknowns. 

The poor will be hit hardest because of lack of resources to finance changes in their lives. They will be unable to control or find direction. Mental health will present challenges; some will respond to chaos with irrational behaviors. 

Are these factors "truth-telling" enough?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2019 at 12:10am

Ruth, you stated your next trip was to a "dissection" table. Do you mean you have a surgery scheduled? How are you? Your cryptic comment concerns me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2019 at 12:07am

"Pedagogy is not about training, it is about critically educating people to be self reflective, capable of critically address their relationship with others and with the larger world. Pedagogy in this sense provides not only important critical and intellectual competencies; it also enables people to intervene critically in the world." ~ Henry Giroux

"Higher Education Under Attack: An Interview With Henry A. Giroux." Interview with C. Cryn Johannsen, www.truth-out.org. April 22, 2011. 

Pedagogy educates people to be able to critically assess the words and deeds of him who claims to be our leader directing us toward justice and peace. #Trump/fascist bullies and blames people who refuse to fall into his web of hate and domination. #Trump/sexist, #Trump/racist, #Trump/dominator, #Trump/lier fits this cowardly bully.  

Comment by Patricia on August 25, 2019 at 12:51pm

Yes, much more so now.


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