Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

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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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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 May 14, 2018 at 1:33pm

Nicely put.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 14, 2018 at 6:57am

Life is a precious, brief, fragile, amazing thing. Instead of being so fixated on living after death, I want to truly live before it. And be thankful against incredible odds, I was able to witness this part of the universe with my own eyes, first hand.
-- Seth Andrews

Right with you, Seth, all the way.

Comment by Patricia on May 13, 2018 at 1:06pm

Lots of churches here, but I don't notice much attendance.

Comment by Plinius on May 13, 2018 at 1:02pm

Great, Loren and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for success!

Comment by Loren Miller on May 13, 2018 at 9:37am

Moving could be a temptation, but I'm going to stick it out here and continue to kick ass and take names with the FFRF.  We can still make it work here, though it'll take a LOT of effort.  I think it's worth it.

Comment by Plinius on May 13, 2018 at 9:26am

There are easy ways, Spud, like finding a partner abroad.

One U.S.A. man I know hooked up with a Dutch gay, moved, married, came out as transgender and is in transition now. All legal, all expenses paid by Dutch medical insurance, all ok, but that she doesn't even bother to find a job makes me sigh a little.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 13, 2018 at 6:04am

Would love to have the means to move to one of those countries.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 13, 2018 at 5:56am

Countries with a high percentage of nonbelievers are among the freest, most stable, best-educated, and healthiest nations on earth. When nations are ranked according to a human-development index, which measures such factors as life expectancy, literacy rates, and educational attainment, the five highest-ranked countries -- Norway, Sweden, Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands -- all have high degrees of non-belief. Of the fifty countries at the bottom of the index, all are intensely religious. The nations with the highest homicide rates tend to be more religious; those with the greatest levels of gender equality are the least religious. These associations say nothing about whether atheism leads to positive social indicators or the other way around. But the idea that atheists are somehow less moral, honest, or trustworthy have been disproven by study after study.
-- Greg Graffin

Correlation may not equate to causation, but it sure suggests SOMETHING. Sadly, I can just hear the Trump-ettes accuse Graffin of spounting fake news ... just before he pulls out hard citations!

Comment by Loren Miller on May 12, 2018 at 7:37am

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
-- Isaac Asimov

The problem, sadly, is that such surrender is also the easy path, taken by some believers because learning how things actually work is too hard or too bothersome.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 11, 2018 at 5:22am

It is my firm conviction that man has nothing to gain, emotionally or otherwise, by adhering to a falsehood, regardless of how comfortable or sacred that falsehood may appear. Anyone who claims, on the one hand, that he is concerned with human welfare, and who demands, on the other hand, that man must suspend or renounce the use of his reason, is contradicting himself.

There can be no knowledge of what is good for man apart from knowledge of reality and human nature, and there is no manner in which this knowledge can be acquired except through reason. To advocate irrationality is to advocate that which is destructive to human life.

― George H. Smith

Why the above isn't intuitively obvious to EVERYONE is beyond me.

 

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