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

"If Right Doesn't Matter, We're Lost." (Adam Schiff)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 1. 3 Replies

This is a bit rushed, but I wanted to post Adam Schiff's closing statement to the impeachment trial on 24 January 2020.  This is potent stuff, and it speaks to Schiff's integrity and determination to…Continue

Tags: statement, impeachment, Adam Schiff

On authority, obedience, and "liberal" vs. "conservative" values

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 18, 2019. 2 Replies

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

The Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 4, 2019. 4 Replies

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been reading Andrew L. Seidel’s excellent book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is UN-AMERICAN. Barely four chapters in, Seidel has already…Continue

Tags: rights, The Founding Myth, Seidel, Andrew

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 31, 2019. 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on September 6, 2019 at 7:29am

Morality is an “emergent property” of evolution. Seeing that all humans are largely the same in the major particulars of brain and mind — which includes our ability to develop a conscience — it’s no surprise that the same (or similar) moral sensibilities and attributes would emerge across the globe, even for communities that don’t know each other.

Here’s a plain fact: No theist who has ever lived — yeah, I’m about to make a huge claim — has been able to show a super-natural essence (deliberate hyphen for emphasis) of moral behavior that inextricably leads back or can be traced to some Celestial Being, who, as believers contend, is said to be a Moral Lawgiver. Sorry, but there is zero evidence that a Celestial Moral Lawgiver squirts or injects morality into human beings. I use “crude” language here — squirts, injects — only to dramatically underscore the ridiculousness of the theist’s view: the belief that humans are only moral creatures because we’ve been somehow given our sense of morality by an outside (and unseen) source. An objective source, one might say.

-- Barry Lyons

Barry puts it down with no apologies.  Morality as an "emergent property," something which, if you've got it, you survive better (and if you don't, you probably won't!), much the same as any biological trait.  An interesting way to look at it.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 5, 2019 at 6:42am

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

This is another one of those quotes which should have shown up here a LONG time ago. The insistence on certainty and the inability or unwillingness to question on the part of believers may be as dangerous as they are foolish. I mean, I don't doubt Ohm's Law much ... but I DO touch my leads together to check zero offset before I measure a resistor!

Comment by Plinius on September 5, 2019 at 2:43am

Animals run no risk of going to hell, they are already there. - Victor Hugo

Comment by Plinius on September 5, 2019 at 1:05am

That's sound proof!

Comment by Patricia on September 4, 2019 at 1:00pm

Comment by Loren Miller on September 4, 2019 at 5:45am

I just LOVE how ol' Mr. Clemons breaks it down!

Comment by Loren Miller on September 3, 2019 at 6:44am

If I could stop a man from raping a child, I would. That's the difference between me and your God.
-- Tracie Harris

Ms. Harris has been a powerful contributor to The Atheist Experience for as long as I can remember, and the quote cited above is one example among many of her clear understanding of the difference between biblcal and human morality. Would that believers could see that difference.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 2, 2019 at 5:30pm

Much as I deplore the policies and practices of the U.S. even from the Founding Parents who supported slavery and accepted the second class citizenship of women, I believe in the principles upon which our nation was founded. I do not like the effects of nationalism and loyalty to a broken "nation of strangers*," even as I would like to escape to New Zealand or Costa Rica. 

Running from a problem proved to be a wise decision when I fled an abusive marriage; running from Trumpism, racism, and nationalism does not hold a promise of an improved environment in which to live. 

Therefore, I have to choose how I am to live and thrive in this chaotic nightmare. 

1.)  I can hide in my room deep in the forest;

2.) I can cry, whine, moan, complain the rest of my life;

3.) I can write and speak in favor of a nation that is honorable, in my opinion; 

4.) I can find representatives who advocate for issues important to me; 

5.) I can get out the vote by supporting and encouraging voters to take action; 

6.) I can 

There are things I can do and am doing. 

Comment by Loren Miller on September 2, 2019 at 3:48pm

Ruth, I still think the US is the place to be.  The problem is that a certain segment of the population and their reaction to the presence of a clueless nitwit who is currently serving as president.  I will stipulate that getting rid of the nitwit won't solve the problem, but it's a first step among many on the way to a solution.

In a lot of ways, the US is still right and should be kept right.  In those area where it isn't, as Schurz said, we need to SET IT RIGHT.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 2, 2019 at 3:36pm

Loren, I'm increasingly ashamed of "my country" and long for a new world order capable of holding global corporations to account and coordinating planet-wide sustainability policies. So, maybe I'm not patriotic in Carl Schurz's sense. Nation states seem increasingly obsolete in the face of technological change and climate destabilization.


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