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

The Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 4. 4 Replies

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been reading Andrew L. Seidel’s excellent book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is UN-AMERICAN. Barely four chapters in, Seidel has already…Continue

Tags: rights, The Founding Myth, Seidel, Andrew

"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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 20, 2019 at 2:07am

Loren, your excellent quote of Jefferson's led me to seek the source and found this:

"I join in your reprobation of our merchants, priests and lawyers for their adherence to England & monarchy in preference to their own country and it’s constitution. but merchants have no country. the mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains. in every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. he is always in alliance with the Despot abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. it is easier to acquire wealth and power by this combination than by deserving them: and to effect this they have perverted the purest religion ever preached to man, into mystery & jargon unintelligible to all mankind & therefore the safer engine for their purposes."

~Thomas Jefferson to Horatio G. Spafford, 17 March 1814

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 20, 2019 at 1:58am

"The reconstruction of the nation’s underlying political-economy—away from corporate domination, towards democracy and community rebuilt from the bottom up—is itself an important condition of a fundamental change…"

Gar Alperovitz

Comment by Loren Miller on October 19, 2019 at 8:14am

If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words.
-- Isaac Asimov

That might actually be a god worthy of at least acknowledgement if not worship. A god who demonstrably gives a damn about its creation, rather than one who was no better than the worst of what it had created. What a concept...

Comment by Loren Miller on October 18, 2019 at 3:51pm

Oh, I think things do change. They may even improve.  The problem is the shuffle: three steps forward, two steps back ... and sometimes the number count on that is reversed.

Tons of fun...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 18, 2019 at 12:52pm

I never knew that quote from Thomas Jefferson. Things don't change.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 18, 2019 at 5:46am

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They knew this BACK THEN ... and the message STILL hasn't gotten through to some people.

Comment by Patricia on October 17, 2019 at 10:38pm

Damn right!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 17, 2019 at 10:15pm

Absolutely, Patricia, and I'm glad to do my bit to keep State and Church SEPARATE.  I ain't no Christopher Hitchens.  Hell, I'm not even within a furlong of Seth Andrews, but I'm still gonna do what I can.

Depend on that.  Bet the farm.

Comment by Patricia on October 17, 2019 at 9:57pm

Big, small, or otherwise, we can all do something.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 17, 2019 at 9:53pm

Inaccurate or not, it is an important concept and deserving of respect and observance.


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