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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"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 Patricia on September 11, 2019 at 1:51pm

Joe Rogan

Comment by Loren Miller on September 11, 2019 at 9:01am

Modern human rights are grounded on the dignity inherent in every human being. They are not God-given rights, or Trump-given rights, and they apply to people of all faiths and to those who have none.
-- Columnist Richard Cohen, “Trump’s Ominous Attempt to Redefine Human Rights

I found this quote in this month's issue of Freethought Today, published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Whether Mr. Cohen is an atheist or not, it feels good to see him supporting our side of the ledger.

I've included a link to Cohen's op-ed piece from which the quote was taken.  It's worth your time.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 10, 2019 at 10:43pm

Worth quoting, Loren. Cox, Rodenberry, & phil h.

Comment by Patricia on September 10, 2019 at 1:28pm

No brainer.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 10, 2019 at 5:14am

I may have posted this elsewhere, but as a quote or something like, I think it has relevancy here:

Don't ask me if the NRA is listening.  At this point, I doubt they know how.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 9, 2019 at 5:01am

We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.
-– Gene Roddenberry

Little-known fact: The creator of Star Trek was an atheist, and he had as little patience with the god of the bible as we do.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2019 at 7:19am

Saying that you are moral because you believe in a god is like saying you are an economist because you play monopoly.
-- Robert W. Cox

Yup ... about right!

Comment by Loren Miller on September 7, 2019 at 5:16am

Yeah ... too much for me, too.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 6, 2019 at 7:29am

Morality is an “emergent property” of evolution. Seeing that all humans are largely the same in the major particulars of brain and mind — which includes our ability to develop a conscience — it’s no surprise that the same (or similar) moral sensibilities and attributes would emerge across the globe, even for communities that don’t know each other.

Here’s a plain fact: No theist who has ever lived — yeah, I’m about to make a huge claim — has been able to show a super-natural essence (deliberate hyphen for emphasis) of moral behavior that inextricably leads back or can be traced to some Celestial Being, who, as believers contend, is said to be a Moral Lawgiver. Sorry, but there is zero evidence that a Celestial Moral Lawgiver squirts or injects morality into human beings. I use “crude” language here — squirts, injects — only to dramatically underscore the ridiculousness of the theist’s view: the belief that humans are only moral creatures because we’ve been somehow given our sense of morality by an outside (and unseen) source. An objective source, one might say.

-- Barry Lyons

Barry puts it down with no apologies.  Morality as an "emergent property," something which, if you've got it, you survive better (and if you don't, you probably won't!), much the same as any biological trait.  An interesting way to look at it.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 5, 2019 at 6:42am

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
-- Bertrand Russell

This is another one of those quotes which should have shown up here a LONG time ago. The insistence on certainty and the inability or unwillingness to question on the part of believers may be as dangerous as they are foolish. I mean, I don't doubt Ohm's Law much ... but I DO touch my leads together to check zero offset before I measure a resistor!

 

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