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

"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 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.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 25, 2019 at 9:48am

Honesty ... is such a lonely word.
Everyone is so untrue.
Honesty is hardly ever heard,
And mostly what I need from you.

-- Billy Joel

Billy wrote that roughly 40 years ago. It was true then, and if anything, even truer and more necessary now.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 24, 2019 at 7:05am

The bible admits of no flaw in itself, though it is rife with such flaws, and its representatives will not concede to the existence of those errant passages. I submit that such disqualifies it from any claim to reference, never mind authority.
-- me

I said that here back in September of 2018, and at the risk of tooting my own horn, I think it's pretty on-point.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 23, 2019 at 6:49am

The bible describes only the worst that a marriage can be, but never defines what a marriage SHOULD be.
-- Aron Ra

This was the closing statement from Aron's talk: Biblical Family Values, and it states bluntly the travesty which is how the bible views marriage: not as a partnership, but a chattel contract. How fucking tragic is that?

Comment by Loren Miller on August 22, 2019 at 8:59pm

Joan, that one is not just telling, it's terrifying.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2019 at 8:57pm
Comment by Plinius on August 22, 2019 at 11:47am

Thank you, Joan!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 22, 2019 at 11:02am

Forgot the links: image, quote

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 22, 2019 at 11:01am

Mary Annaïse Heglar

I want to change the narrative around our climate crisis, to make it more intersectional, more emotional. More inclusive. I want to break it apart, remove the lies and the half-truths, add in the missing parts, name the unnamed, make the implicit explicit. I want to make it so that people of color see themselves in it — because we’ve always been in it. At its center, even. In other words, I want to make it whole.

I don’t want a fact-finding mission. I want a truth-telling movement.

My next trip will be to a dissection table, Joan, helping prepare new doctors. Don't know how they'll dispose of the scraps.

 

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