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.

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Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman yesterday. 12 Replies

"APHORISM XXV. He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or Church better than Christianity, and end loving himself better than all."~…Continue

Tags: Truth


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14, 2018. 2 Replies

The word “Permaculture” is the combination of the two words “permanent” and “agriculture.” It is a method of agricultural philosophy that allows gardeners to create and sustain growing food in a way…Continue

Tags: production, shelter, food, permaculture, Mollison

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 10, 2018. 5 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

Will McAvoy's Rant: "America Is NOT the World's Greatest Country"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25, 2018. 3 Replies

Aaron Sorkin has a habit of swinging for the fences when he writes political commentary as entertainment for television.  This was first evinced in the network television series, The West Wing, and…Continue

Tags: The Newsroom, Will McAvoy, Aaron Sorkin

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Comment by Loren Miller on February 23, 2018 at 6:02am

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
-- John F. Kennedy

The above quote is a direct corollary to something Elizabeth Warren said some time back:

Click on the image to enlarge.

The long and the short of it is simple: them that's got are loathe to share it with them that ain't ... but if they don't, at some point or other, them that's got will find themselves up shit creek, without a paddle.  It might be a while, and a lot of equally untoward events might occur before that happens, but I seriously believe that Kennedy's quote holds and that these two statements are directly related.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 22, 2018 at 5:29am

How dismal it is to see present day Americans yearning for the very orthodoxy that their country was founded to escape.
― Christopher Hitchens

Totally. I mean, didn't our ancestors leave Europe to escape religious conformity and totalitarianism, at least in part?

Comment by Patricia on February 21, 2018 at 1:55pm

Couldn't agree more, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 21, 2018 at 11:50am

Religion has had a free ride for entirely too long.  It's past time they paid the piper.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 21, 2018 at 11:14am

Poor babies don't want to be accountable.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 21, 2018 at 10:30am

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 21, 2018 at 8:13am

From The Nation - interesting commentary on Hunter S. Thompson's Hells Angels:

  • Most people read Hell’s Angels for the lurid stories of sex and drugs. But that misses the point entirely. What’s truly shocking about reading the book today is how well Thompson foresaw the retaliatory, right-wing politics that now goes by the name of Trumpism. After following the motorcycle guys around for months, Thompson concluded that the most striking thing about them was not their hedonism but their “ethic of total retaliation” against a technologically advanced and economically changing America in which they felt they’d been counted out and left behind. Thompson saw the appeal of that retaliatory ethic. He claimed that a small part of every human being longs to burn it all down, especially when faced with great and impersonal powers that seem hostile to your very existence. In the United States, a place of ever greater and more impersonal powers, the ethic of total retaliation was likely to catch on.

--Susan McWilliams

Comment by Loren Miller on February 21, 2018 at 7:07am

If God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish Him.
― Mikhail Bakunin

Hey, the Klingons got rid of theirs, and they did just fine! [chuckle]

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 20, 2018 at 11:00pm

Bertold, thank you for that powerful poem, it gives me shivers. The idea clearly states the problem and scope of its influence. 

No act of his creature-victims

could justify this verdict of unsurpassable


injustice and 

endless mercilessness.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 20, 2018 at 10:22pm

Joan, do you know what pisses me off, damned near more than anything else?  That these people, these men and women who believe the bible HAVE NOT READ IT.  Certainly not all of it and absolutely not with the kind of dispassionate clarity that we have.

They want to look for redemption because they think they're in need of it, mostly because they've been told that they need it.  We want to look for TRUTH, and because we find none, we skewer it and deservedly so.

And therein lies the tragedy, spawned of a myth.


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