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 Patricia on November 19, 2019 at 1:04pm


Comment by Loren Miller on November 19, 2019 at 9:37am

And related to yours, Patricia, something I've posted more than once around A|N:

Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

Comment by Loren Miller on November 19, 2019 at 8:27am

Any priest or shaman must be presumed guilty until proved innocent.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

And considering the perversities which too many of that ilk have committed and others of their club have tolerated, I'd say the preemptive judgment is not just deserved but overdue.

Comment by Patricia on November 19, 2019 at 12:31am

This sounds so familiar...the white(cough)house......

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 18, 2019 at 3:44pm

Loren, Matt's quote excellently sums up an honest search for knowledge.

Joan, many Unitarians don't consider themselves Christians, and quite a few nontheists feel comfortable in Unitarian churches. (I know one, and understand that there's a great deal of variation between individual congregations.)

Comment by Loren Miller on November 18, 2019 at 5:38am

My lack of an answer doesn't make your answer correct.
-- Matt Dillahunty

Matt is well-known to be willing to say, "I don't know" when confronted with a question he genuinely hasn't the answer to. This is also the man who has said repeatedly, "I want to believe as many true things and as few false things as possible," reflecting his desire to be as rationally HONEST as possible. Would that believers were as honest!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2019 at 3:27am

Grinning Cat, yes, church coffee klatch congregations to socialize and sacredize. 

Comment by Patricia on November 17, 2019 at 12:43pm

I always wondered that.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 17, 2019 at 11:58am

Well put, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 17, 2019 at 5:45am

Why is it that this supposedly almighty god can do anything and know anything, but cannot withstand skepticism? A god that shrinks from a simple question is pathetic and not worthy of recognition, let alone worship.
-- me

Over the thousands of years humankind has been on this planet, how many questions and petitions have been asked of the putative divinity that spawned them, versus how many times it has genuinely answered? The answer to that first part has to be in the billions; the second a massive goose egg, and for a reason we are all cognizant of: there is no god to answer.


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