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 3 hours ago

Atheism is the opium of the mathematicians. Atheism is the religion of Mathematics.
― Bill Gaede

Well ... if you're going to be addicted to something, make it something that actually WORKS!

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

Each religion has got their own way of making you feel like a victim. The Christians say "you are a sinner", and you better just zip up your trousers and give the money to the pope and we'll give you a room up in the hotel in the sky.
-- Timothy Leary

The Playboy Interview with Timothy Leary was the first of its kind that I ever read, back in 1967, I believe. Looking back on him, I think he was mostly full of shit, but as regards religion, the quote above is well on point.

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Religious freedom is the freedom to choose and practice a religion of my choice, as well as understanding no god exists, therefore, no religion has a foundation upon which to stand. If another believes in a god and follows a religion, I have no obligation to respect the religion nor the god. I am obliged to respect the person unless he/she reveals that they are not worthy of my respect. 

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

The struggles of the poor of Europe fleeing to the Colonies and States, long ago forgotten, lie in the dusty history books after only a few generations. The stories of immigrant forefathers and mothers go unremembered from generation to generation. 

"We stand on the shoulders of giants."

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Isaac Newton, 1676,

Comment by Loren Miller on Sunday

Religious freedom is not a license to discriminate.
-- Rachel Laser, President, Americans United

Yet that is exactly what our opponents seem to think it is, that they can run roughshod over a woman's right to choose because their god supposedly hates the idea of a lost fetus ... while he has wasted them by the millions if not billions.

Comment by Loren Miller on Saturday

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
-- Howard Zinn

The ability to dissent, to refuse, to bluntly say NO to whatever authority that insists that you MUST do thus-and-so – that is the beginning of revolution and the beginning of freedom. It is also the mechanism whereby any established government or authority will be corrected. Without it, tyranny is almost certainly inevitable.

Comment by Loren Miller on Friday

People don’t know about all the hard-won battles anymore: gay folks fighting for their rights, the separation of church and state. … for a good long time we had a national conversation about things that now we’re having to reiterate.
-- Whoopi Goldberg

She's right. How many young women today know about Seneca Lake and the significance the meeting there, over 170 years ago, had on women's rights? How many millennials and GenZers of the LGBTQ community know about Stonewall, which is a lot more recent? As for our primary focus, how well do atheists under 30 appreciate the critical contribution made by Madalyn Murray O'Hair? In all three cases, I'd bet most of 'em DON'T ... and there is another quote which speaks to that unfortunate circumstance:

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
-- George Santayana

Comment by Loren Miller on Thursday

I have my beliefs, you have your beliefs, but don't use the machenery of government to impose them on others.
-- New Jersey Assemblyman John Burzichelli

Well and properly stated. Also worthy of note was the fact that Mr. Burzichelli made this statement in support of New Jersey's version of a "death with dignity" law, now under consideration. I wish him luck in his efforts.

Comment by Loren Miller on Wednesday

Wowie-zowie!  Ben Franklin's on the internet???  What's his username?!? [giggle!]

Comment by Loren Miller on Wednesday

Since the Bible and the church are obviously mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust them to tell us where we are going?
-– Anonymous

Good question!

 

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