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 Grinning Cat on October 22, 2019 at 2:35pm

Many religions themselves assert the children's membership from the time they're born (as in children born to a Jewish mother), or almost immediately afterwards (as in infant baptism).

Patricia, you did the right thing with your kids!

Comment by Patricia on October 22, 2019 at 1:16pm

We never raised our kids in any religion, & always said they could make their own choices. As adults, our daughter got brainwashed into religion, & our sons are atheists.

Comment by Plinius on October 22, 2019 at 9:17am

Which leaves far too little thinking space for the children...

Comment by Loren Miller on October 22, 2019 at 5:40am

One of my pet peeves is the habit of labelling young children with the religion of their parents: “Catholic child”, “Protestant child”, “Muslim child”. Such phrases can be heard used of children too young to talk, let alone hold religious opinions. It seems to me as absurd as talking about a “Socialist child” or “Conservative child”, and nobody would ever use a phrase like that. I don’t think we should talk about “atheist children” either.
-- Richard Dawkins, Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide

I tend to agree. Parents have a tendency to brand their children with who the parents are, without regard to who the child may be.

Comment by Patricia on October 21, 2019 at 12:24pm


Comment by Plinius on October 21, 2019 at 6:29am

Very on point!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 21, 2019 at 5:41am

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Crass maybe.  On-point?  Absolutely!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 20, 2019 at 2:48pm

"But I am mistaken in speaking of a Christian republic; the terms are mutually exclusive. Christianity preaches only servitude and dependence. Its spirit is so favorable to tyranny that it always profits by such a regime. True Christians are made to be slaves, and they know it and do not much mind; this short life counts for too little in their eyes."

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, G. D. H. Cole (2003). “On the Social Contract”, p.95, Courier Corporation
@Loren, thanks for this powerful quote!
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 20, 2019 at 2:26pm

"Our poets do not write about it; our artists do not try to portray this remarkable thing. I don't know why. Is nobody inspired by our present picture of the universe? The value of science remains unsung by singers... This is not yet a scientific age."

Richard P. Feynman. (n.d.). AZQuotes.com. Retrieved October 20, 2019, from AZQuotes.com Web site: https://www.azquotes.com/quote/797910

Comment by Loren Miller on October 20, 2019 at 11:37am

Just discovered this brilliant bit of prose today ... and OH, did Rousseau know of what he spoke!


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