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 Grinning Cat on Wednesday

An oldie but goodie:

Half a truth is often a great lie. Be not quick to believe that which you read on the internet.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 8, 2019 at 11:35pm

You're right that I like Jeff Schweitzer's quote.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 8, 2019 at 1:53pm

I agree that Ruth would like Jeff Schweitzer's quote that you shared, about needing to modify our "strong species-centric stewardship of the planet".

(The comment format here, with replies going above previous comments, doesn't lend itself to clear references to what people said before! In email, if I'm replying to something specific someone typed, I try to remember to trim that quote to the absolute minimum, then put my reply below that.)

Comment by Loren Miller on October 8, 2019 at 1:40pm

Not sure what you're referring to, GC...

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 8, 2019 at 1:14pm

I think she will! And we should all pay attention.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 8, 2019 at 6:10am

Human beings are not inevitable, and our brief existence is not preordained to be extended into the distant future. If Homo sapiens is to have a continued presence on earth, humankind will reevaluate its sense of place in the world and modify its strong species-centric stewardship of the planet. Our collective concepts of morality and ethics have a direct impact on our species’ ultimate fate.
-- Jeff Schweitzer, Beyond Cosmic Dice: Moral Life in a Random World

I rather thought Ruth would like this one!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 7, 2019 at 5:21am

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
-- Søren Kierkegaard

Anyone here remember that old expression: Engage brain before running mouth? Seems as though old Søren was an adherent to that philosophy!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 6, 2019 at 6:51am

The way that you wander is the way that you choose.
The day that you tarry is the day that you lose.
Sunshine or thunder, A man will always wonder
Where the fair wind blows,
Where the fair wind blows.

-- Tim McIntire, "The Ballad of Jeremiah Johnson"

There is music that just plain cuts through to me. The above small piece is one such, for its simplicity and purity, as well as its poignant message.

The thing is, though ... you don't really know the words until you've heard them sung:

Comment by Loren Miller on October 5, 2019 at 5:24am

Science seeks the truth. And it does not discriminate. For better or worse it finds things out. Science is humble. It knows what it knows and it knows what it doesn’t know. It bases its conclusions and beliefs on hard evidence -­- evidence that is constantly updated and upgraded. It doesn’t get offended when new facts come along. It embraces the body of knowledge. It doesn’t hold on to medieval practices because they are tradition. If it did, you wouldn’t get a shot of penicillin, you’d pop a leech down your trousers and pray.
-- Ricky Gervais

Ricky says it pretty well, doesn't he?

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 4, 2019 at 10:14am

Loren, thanks for Brian Foulkrod's quote, nicely highlighting the hypocrisy of "religious freedom" for me but not for thee!

And as Tracie Harris's quote points out, a supremely powerful, all-knowing god would in fact be an immoral monster, given the horrors being "caused" or "allowed" in the world. Maybe, as Harold Kushner posited, there's an invisible friend who's not very powerful. Or maybe (more in keeping with our experience and with Occam's Razor) there are no gods outside people's heads, and it's just us, variously being horrible to and excellent to each other.

(None of these possibilities are what the Abrahamic religions traditionally assert!)


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