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 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.

Comment by Patricia on September 11, 2019 at 1:51pm

Joe Rogan

Comment by Loren Miller on September 11, 2019 at 9:01am

Modern human rights are grounded on the dignity inherent in every human being. They are not God-given rights, or Trump-given rights, and they apply to people of all faiths and to those who have none.
-- Columnist Richard Cohen, “Trump’s Ominous Attempt to Redefine Human Rights

I found this quote in this month's issue of Freethought Today, published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Whether Mr. Cohen is an atheist or not, it feels good to see him supporting our side of the ledger.

I've included a link to Cohen's op-ed piece from which the quote was taken.  It's worth your time.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 10, 2019 at 10:43pm

Worth quoting, Loren. Cox, Rodenberry, & phil h.

Comment by Patricia on September 10, 2019 at 1:28pm

No brainer.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 10, 2019 at 5:14am

I may have posted this elsewhere, but as a quote or something like, I think it has relevancy here:

Don't ask me if the NRA is listening.  At this point, I doubt they know how.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 9, 2019 at 5:01am

We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.
-– Gene Roddenberry

Little-known fact: The creator of Star Trek was an atheist, and he had as little patience with the god of the bible as we do.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2019 at 7:19am

Saying that you are moral because you believe in a god is like saying you are an economist because you play monopoly.
-- Robert W. Cox

Yup ... about right!

 

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