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 Patricia on November 27, 2017 at 12:50pm


Comment by Loren Miller on November 27, 2017 at 8:03am

I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I'm a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time.
― Isaac Asimov

Isaac speaks my line. There was a time back when I first recognized my own atheism yet wasn't 100% comfortable with the word. I suspect this is a common experience, but one which is resolved with time and the recognition that "atheist" states the case succinctly if incompletely and is the most recognized descriptor in general use.

Certainly we are freethinkers, humanists and skeptics ... but make no mistake that we are also emphatically ATHEISTS. 'Nuff said.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 26, 2017 at 6:29pm

Thanks Loren. I will watch it. 

Comment by Loren Miller on November 26, 2017 at 6:27pm

Joan, as it happens, Seth Andrews has had a conversation with Mr. Sherlock on The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast.  If I recall, it was a pretty good one (big surprise, right? [grin!]).

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 26, 2017 at 5:50pm

I searched for Michal Sherlock to see if he had other words o widsom. I found he is the author of 

I am Christ.

The Gospel of Atheism and Freethought: according to Sherlock, and 


~ Michael Sherlock 

All published by Atheist Republic.

"Sherlock's aim as an author is to expose the "sacred" lies, frauds and forgeries of religion.

Mythicist Milwaukee

"Before we can clear a path to finding truth, whatever that may be, we must first neutralize the filth which has infected the minds of so many...supernaturalism, superstition, pseudo-science, and religion, all embody this mental filth, and the scientific method, with its humble, honest and evidence-based approach to questions of probable truth, represents the neutralizer."

~  Michael Sherlock 

Comment by Patricia on November 26, 2017 at 12:44pm

Yes Loren.....an excellent, short, & to the point quote.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 26, 2017 at 12:20pm

Damned well put, Patricia.  I've posted the following at least half a dozen times around here, but one more time won't hurt:

If it takes the threat of hell to make you a moral person, then you are not at all moral, you are just a coward who responds well to threats.
-- Leo Wolf

Comment by Patricia on November 26, 2017 at 12:18pm

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Comment by Loren Miller on November 26, 2017 at 6:17am

Faith means not wanting to know what is true.
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

This is about as succinct a statement regarding the determined ignorance I've seen represented in fundamentalist faith as I have ever heard.  When someone declares that if the bible said 2+2=5, they would try to accept it, that attitude goes so far beyond the pale that it borders on unbelievability ... yet there they are, they exist, and they are actively trying to convince others to join their belief.

And again I have to state: this is an attitude borne of FEAR, of god, of hell, and of their fellows' disapproval.  Lose that threat and a considerable portion of the persuasive power of that belief system falls of its own weight.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 25, 2017 at 8:48am

The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.
― Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I love the blend of confidence and humility in Ayaan's statement. She looks at death clear-eyed and unafraid. She is determined to live every second of her life and not be sorry at the end.



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