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 Loren Miller on October 25, 2019 at 3:01pm

That's a goodie, Patricia.

Comment by Patricia on October 25, 2019 at 1:39pm

Bob Gallagher once said about the difference between the stage and the pulpit. “The stage is the honesty of pretence, the pulpit, the pretence of honesty.”

Comment by Loren Miller on October 25, 2019 at 5:38am

I stand for the separation of Church and State, and the reason that I stand for that is the same reason that I believe our forefathers did. It is not there to protect religion from the grasp of government but to protect our government from the grasp of religious fanaticism. Now, I may be an atheist, but that does not mean I do not go to church. I do go to church. The church I go to is the one that emancipated the slaves, that gave women the right to vote, that gave us every freedom that we hold dear. My church is this very Chapel of Democracy that we sit in together, and I do not need God to tell me what are my moral absolutes. I need my heart, my brain, and this church.
-- Joan Allen as "Laine Hanson," The Contender

I'm not down with the whole "democracy as church" thing, mostly because I'm not down with the concept of "church" at all, but otherwise, I believe "Ms. Hanson" has it on the money here.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 24, 2019 at 12:12pm

Evidence that humans might not be smarter than cats after all:
no cats voted for Trump.

(As pointed out by several replies to Neil deGrasse Tyson on Twitter)

Comment by Loren Miller on October 24, 2019 at 6:34am

Accustom a people to believe that priests or any other class of men can forgive sins, and you will have sins in abundance.
-- Thomas Paine

This is what it is to be a scofflaw in the face of Yahweh's judgment, to be unaccountable RIGHT IN HIS FACE. And not only do believers see NOTHING wrong with it, they accuse US of having no morals! What's wrong with this picture???

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 23, 2019 at 11:06pm

LOL, Loren! That Hitchens quote.

The Thomas Paine is even better! Thanks, Particia.

Comment by Patricia on October 23, 2019 at 1:18pm

The best evidence I can muster that Humans are smarter than Cats is that we don’t chase Laser dots on the carpet.

- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Comment by Patricia on October 23, 2019 at 1:16pm

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

- Thomas Paine

Comment by Loren Miller on October 23, 2019 at 6:37am

From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.
-- Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

Seems like that's always been the case, because if god told you to do something obscene, how do you contest that? Mostly, by calling bullshit on the whole "god" concept.

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!


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