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


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14. 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. 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. 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

Ingersoll Day August 11th

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Aug 12. 2 Replies

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)"When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood…Continue

Tags: fearless, joyous, freedom, Day, agnostic

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2018 at 3:04pm
"Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more.
It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
No Fear Shakespeare Macbeth Act 5, Scene 5, Page 2.
Comment by Patricia on March 11, 2018 at 2:59pm

I've also never understood why medical people, & police, still have religious belief.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 11, 2018 at 2:05pm

That guy seems to believe a whole lot of things, Joan.  Problem is, there's no substance behind his beliefs, but then that's faith for you.  All his statements amount to is a bunch of vacuous blathering that means exactly nothing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2018 at 2:00pm

'God Is Not Threatened by Our Scientific Adventures'


What if evidence of all living things descended from a common ancestor can not be reconciled with bible-believing christians?

”The evidence supporting the idea that all living things are descended from a common ancestor is truly overwhelming. I would not necessarily wish that to be so, as a Bible-believing Christian."

What serves faith?

"But it is so. It does not serve faith well to try to deny that."

What if there is no plan to create creatures with whom there is no god to have fellowship?

”I believe that God had a plan to create creatures with whom he could have fellowship, in whom he could inspire [the] moral law, in whom he could infuse the soul, and who he would give free will as a gift for us to make decisions about our own behavior, a gift which we oftentimes utilize to do the wrong thing."

What if a god existed to create a mechanism of evolution to achieve his goals? 

”I believe God used the mechanism of evolution to achieve that goal. And while that may seem to us who are limited by this axis of time as a very long, drawn-out process, it wasn't long and drawn-out to God. And it wasn't random to God."

What if there is no god and there is no plan for how life will turn out?

”[He] had the plan all along of how that would turn out."

How can there be ambiguity if there is no god and no plan?

”There was no ambiguity about that.”

Word Count 287, sorry

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 11, 2018 at 1:53pm

Scientists that are religious is a mystery to me as well.  The study of the sciences that my religion denied me for so many years, was the main reason I became an atheist.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2018 at 1:49pm

@Loren, that 15% is a mystery to me that I cannot fathom. The first thing I do, as in Collin's case, is to regard his thinking irrelevant, even as I know he performed a remarkable task. But knowing how to count or organize DNA and reporting his findings has credibility with me, his philosophy does not. 

I could ask questions of Collins about DNA and trust his answers to be true, but not about philosophy. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 11, 2018 at 8:20am

BTW, Gary, your Feynman quote is premium!  Thanks for posting it.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 11, 2018 at 8:19am

I want to put on the table, not why 85% of the members of the National Academy of Sciences reject God, I want to know why 15% of the National Academy don’t.
-- Neil deGrasse Tyson

This isn't the only $64 question out there, but it's a significant one.  If one's life is immersed in science, in demonstrable, verifiable laws and principles which we use to understand the dynamics of this reality, HOW can someone continue to compartmentalize belief in a deity off to the side, especially when there has to be some recognition that said being has no substantial existence?

Comment by Gary S on March 10, 2018 at 7:12pm

I would rather have questions that can't be answered than Answers which can't be questioned.

- Richard Feynman

Comment by Loren Miller on March 10, 2018 at 4:55am

The second an irrational idea or concept is allowed to flourish and gain a foothold in the public sphere, there is virtually no limit to the number of additional irrationalities which will follow after. There is hardly a religion on the face of this planet which hasn’t exploited this simple yet pernicious principle.

Sort of the "Pandora's Box" principle of religion, if you will.


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