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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"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 September 16, 2019 at 5:15am

I am in total agreement with AOC's statement, Joan.  Complicity with Trump and his corruption will carry a price tag, and a HIGH one at that.  My guess is that most of the Republicans in the Senate and House won't be able to meet that price.

Thing is, that will set off another series of problems, not as serious as Trump, but serious enough.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2019 at 10:55pm
"I want to see every Republican go on the record and knowingly vote against impeachment of this president, knowing his corruption, having it on the record so that they can have that stain on their careers for the rest of their lives. ~ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Comment by Patricia on September 15, 2019 at 1:43pm

My husband went to pay a bill for the yearly furnace maintenance, & when he got into the office, the whole staff was praying. He was royally glared at for interrupting. We deal with a different company now. 

Comment by Loren Miller on September 15, 2019 at 1:13pm

Oh, of course, Matthew 6:5-6 in spades!

Comment by Patricia on September 15, 2019 at 1:10pm

Not to mention showing off devoutness.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 15, 2019 at 6:37am

... public prayers aren’t for God’s ears. They’re about marking their territory.
-- "Wookie Monster," commenting on a Friendly Atheist post

I read this yesterday while participating in the comment area of Hemant Mehta's site, and the statement really struck me. Yeah, they ARE "marking their territory, whether it's a school or a government building or whatever, effectively saying, "THIS IS MINE." Sorry, guys, but no, it's not yours, and we will do everything in our power to disabuse you of your mistaken notion.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 14, 2019 at 8:32am

Religion, by its very nature as an untestable belief in undetectable beings and an unknowable afterlife, disables our reality checks. It ends the conversation. It cuts off inquiry: not only factual inquiry, but moral inquiry. Because God's law trumps human law, people who think they're obeying God can easily get cut off from their own moral instincts.

And these moral contortions don't always lie in the realm of theological game-playing. They can have real-world consequences: from genocide to infanticide, from honor killings to abandoned gay children, from burned witches to battered wives to blown-up buildings.

-- Greta Christina

Lady makes a lot of sense, don't she?

Comment by Loren Miller on September 13, 2019 at 4:23am

It is clear that humans are quite capable of killing with or without images of gods bouncing around in their heads. If anything, however, history suggests that the concept of gods makes the idea of massacring your fellow man (and women and children, too, of course) a lot easier to act upon.
-- Guy P. Harrison

And of course, it (supposedly) makes for the perfect excuse. "This is the way my god wants it" or "My god told me to do this," made all the more pernicious by the unavailability of said god.

Comment by Patricia on September 12, 2019 at 1:10pm

That peace phrase is getting so old, & we all know its bs.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 12, 2019 at 6:48am

The position of the Muslim community in the face of all provocations seems to be: Islam is a religion of peace, and if you say that it isn't, we will kill you.
-- Sam Harris

While it would seem that domestic terrorism has dominated recent headlines and pushed Islamic violence off Page One, don't doubt for one second that this primary tenet of radical Islam has gone away in any measure. Islam literally means SUBMISSION ... and I for one am not sorry to say that I Will NOT Submit.

 

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