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

"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

"We need a much broader conversation on what morality of pro-life is"

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Apr 28. 3 Replies

"I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a…Continue

Tags: Planned, Parenthood, contraception, Pro-life,, O.S.B.

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Comment by Plinius on August 12, 2019 at 7:38am

So the end justifies the means.. what they don't see is that the end is meaningless if you use any means to get there

Comment by Loren Miller on August 12, 2019 at 5:59am

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In other words, the ends justify the means, the ends in this case being getting EVERYONE to kowtow to Allah.  Like the man says, "Deceit, trickery, conspiracy, cheating, stealing and killing are nothing but means," ... and just WHAT are we to think of any organization or cause that would use such means to gain their ends???

Comment by Loren Miller on August 11, 2019 at 4:41pm

Once again, Ingersoll knocks it out of the park.  Of course, the priestly order didn't want to empower the masses or see them educated.  To do so would mean they might grow to the point where they could understand the bible in a similar fashion to theirs, including all its violence, its objectification of women, and particularly all the contradictions which effectively vitiate any credibility it might have.

Though they may deny it superficially, the church wants its parishioners IGNORANT.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2019 at 1:51pm

"When the theologian governed the world, it was covered with huts and hovels for the many, palaces and cathedrals for the few. To nearly all the children of men, reading and writing were unknown arts. The poor were clad in rags and skins – they devoured crusts, and gnawed bones. The day of Science dawned, and the luxuries of a century ago are the necessities of to-day. Men in the middle ranks of life have more of the conveniences and elegancies than the princes and kings of the theological times. But above and over all this, is the development of mind. … These benefits did not drop from the outstretched hands of priests. … They were not discovered by the closed eyes of prayer, nor did they come in answer to superstitious supplication. They are the children of freedom, the gifts of reason, observation and experience – and for them all, man is indebted to man."

~ Robert G. Ingersoll, August 11: Robert Green Ingersoll Day

Comment by Loren Miller on August 11, 2019 at 7:35am

I don't differentiate much, except in degree, between people who believe in religion from those who believe in astrology, magic or the supernatural.
-- Andy Rooney

They're all pretty much of the same ilk: man-made illusions or delusions.

Comment by Patricia on August 10, 2019 at 2:01pm

Comment by Loren Miller on August 10, 2019 at 9:25am

By the data to date, there is only one animal in the Galaxy dangerous to man -- man himself. So he must supply his own indispensable competition. He has no enemy to help him.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

And so it has been. Certainly, humankind needs competition to move itself along, to progress and evolve, but the dangerous, predatory, and downright STUPID aspects of Homo sapiens I would hope we could do without by now.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 9, 2019 at 6:37am

Friends are the family you choose.
-- Jess C. Scott

It's true, we don't get to choose our blood relations, but we DO get to choose our friends, and that very well may be a large portion of what makes life worth living.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 8, 2019 at 11:13am

Fantastic Greta Christina quote, Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller on August 8, 2019 at 6:41am

Religion, by its very nature as an untestable belief in undetectable beings and an unknowable afterlife, disables our reality checks. It ends the conversation. It cuts off inquiry: not only factual inquiry, but moral inquiry. Because God's law trumps human law, people who think they're obeying God can easily get cut off from their own moral instincts.

And these moral contortions don't always lie in the realm of theological game-playing. They can have real-world consequences: from genocide to infanticide, from honor killings to abandoned gay children, from burned witches to battered wives to blown-up buildings.

-- Greta Christina

Ages ago, I first heard Greta's talk: "Why Are You Atheists So Angry?" on YouTube. I thought she was brilliant then and my impression of her has only improved with the years. The above sample is one reason among many.


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