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 Joan Denoo on September 27, 2019 at 1:07am
Loren, I agree with your assessment of the word, "hope!" It is a beginning and not the whole story. Hope that leads to positive, healthy action has merit, otherwise is impotent.
Also, Loren, I agree with the sentence, "God did it" offers an excuse for ignorance, laziness, or insanity.
My goodness, Loren, you are on a rip and I find no fault in your reasoning and quotes.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2019 at 12:56am
Loren, I agree with your statement about RCC and religious practices in general. There IS" something fundamentally wrong with such organizations.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 26, 2019 at 10:27pm

Michael Mann:

Greta Thunberg has, in the space of a year, shown more leadership potential than the President has in his entire life.

The leader of the free world once sat in the Oval Office.

It is to ... Greta Thunberg, that we must now look for moral leadership.

"there is more stupidity than hydrogen" really had me laughing.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 26, 2019 at 10:24am

The sad thing is that so many people, in the belief that the universe is organized to suit and influence them, are willing to sacrifice even the slight cranial capacity with which evolution has equipped us.
-- Christopher Hitchens

It has been asked repeatedly: why would Yahweh give us the intellect to ask questions if he didn't mean us to actually USE it? Unless of course, god doesn't even exist, which means go ahead and use it!

Comment by Loren Miller on September 25, 2019 at 7:15am

Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.
-- Frank Zappa

Seems to me that Frank wasn't the only one to suspect a surfeit of stupidity in this universe of ours, but I DO like how he puts things here ... and I"m sad that he didn't have more time on this planet to offer more of his wisdom for our appreciation.

Comment by Patricia on September 24, 2019 at 12:56pm

Religions have had their chance, long past time to back off.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 24, 2019 at 6:01am

Religion has ever been anti-human, anti-woman, anti-life, anti-peace, anti-reason and anti-science. The god idea has been detrimental not only to humankind but to the earth. It is time now for reason, education and science to take over.
-- Madalyn Murray O'Hair

No argument, Madalyn ... none at all.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 23, 2019 at 5:54am

I do not believe in God. It seems to me that theists of all kinds have very largely failed to make their concept of a deity intelligible; and to the extent that they have made it intelligible, they have given us no reason to think that anything answers to it.
-- A.J. Ayer

With you 100%, A.J.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 22, 2019 at 6:44am

Not only is there no god, but try getting a plumber on weekends.
-- Woody Allen

And if you DO get one, you pay time-and-a-half! OUCH! [giggle!]

Comment by Loren Miller on September 21, 2019 at 5:45am

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
-- Isaac Asimov "The “Threat” of Creationism"

"God did it." There is a three-word surrender if ever I heard it. It demonstrates a remarkable dearth of curiosity or any desire to have a deeper understanding of the workings of this world. Yet in the 21st century, we have so much of it that the planet itself is in serious danger of becoming hostile to us because of us. We never could afford that simplistic surrender, and now, the price is even higher.


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