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.

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Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman Jan 15. 12 Replies

"APHORISM XXV. He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or Church better than Christianity, and end loving himself better than all."~…Continue

Tags: Truth


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14, 2018. 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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on Wednesday

I re-read Grinning Cat’s quote of 9/10/2018 and repeat it here: 

”a Jewish teaching that "God doesn't need prayers; the person praying needs them to know themselves better.”

Thanks, Grinning Cat

Comment by Loren Miller on Wednesday

No kidding, Patricia.

Comment by Patricia on Wednesday

I heard a good phrase years ago.....

The more educated we become, the less credible the buybull becomes.....

Comment by Loren Miller on January 16, 2019 at 7:31am

The more we learn and grow, the less religion, its foolishness, and its irrationality make any kind of sense. So of course, religion tries either to reject, minimize, or co-opt science to maintain its control over the people that create and discover ... And in so doing revealed religion as the anachronism that it is.
-- me

Religion USED to rule the roost, until science showed up and started offering alternative explanations for things religion said that its god did. Religion didn't like that, and thus apologetics was born ... Yuk - TOOEY!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 16, 2019 at 7:24am

Interesting character, for sure, and I like Madam Secretary, but that hairdo?!?  Nopenopenopenope!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 15, 2019 at 11:09pm

Bertold, your woman rolling eyes comment is funny, but I don't agree with it. There are emotionally healthy relationships, even among the great. One reason I enjoy the program Madam Secretary is the healthy couples relationship displayed. Also love the Kat Sandoval bi character.

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 15, 2019 at 11:04pm

"Our cats lower our stress levels and blood pressure" well said.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 15, 2019 at 7:50pm

To every one comes the hour when he is made to feel his utter helplessness, and it is from this feeling that all religions and superstitions have arisen, all temples and churches, all reverence for a Power above mankind, even God Himself.

~Georg Groddeck

Comment by Loren Miller on January 15, 2019 at 6:25pm

Welcome to the gang, Craig!

Comment by Craigart14 on January 15, 2019 at 6:15pm

"Religion now comes to us in this smiley-face ingratiating way, because it had to give so much ground and because we know so much more. But you've no right to forget the way it behaved when it was strong, and when it really did believe that it had God on its side." Christopher Hitchens


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