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 Loren Miller on August 31, 2019 at 6:46am

Wow, Chris.  Paine didn't pull any punches, did he?  A good thing, too!

Comment by Plinius on August 30, 2019 at 11:43pm
"Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness, that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and, for my part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel."
Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, author of "Common Sense"
Comment by Loren Miller on August 30, 2019 at 5:03am

It's time to be who I am, rather than who I'm supposed to be.
-- Thor, Avengers: Endgame

All of us, I suspect, at one time or another, have expectations superimposed on us – by family, friends, even strangers – all of whom think for whatever reason that they have such a right. If they have such a right (and that's a monumental "IF"), it is only to the extent that We Allow It. Ultimately, every individual deserves to be WHO THEY ARE.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2019 at 3:15am

Plinius, excellent point, each stage has its challenges. 

Comment by Plinius on August 30, 2019 at 2:11am

Stages of life... what would be the easiest, Joan?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2019 at 2:04am

Ruth, I am happy to learn that you are not facing a surgical procedure and that your body will be given to a medical school. May your life be a healthy, happy, peaceful and long one ... not too long, getting old is not an easy stage of life. 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 29, 2019 at 5:47am

What concerns me most, is not our external adversaries; it is our internal divisiveness.
-- Former Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis

Mattis has reason to be concerned. He has had to deal intimately with what I believe to be the primary cause of the above-mentioned "divisiveness" ... and I don't envy him that experience at all.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 28, 2019 at 7:59am

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.
-- Isaac Asimov

A long time ago, I first heard that old saw, "The word ASSUME puts an ASS in front of U and ME" ... and personally, I never much cared for the view or the smell. So yeah, be careful of assumptions ... and keep those windows clean!

Comment by Loren Miller on August 27, 2019 at 8:11am

Is there anything that one couldn't believe based on faith?
-- Matt Dillahunty

The obvious answer to that one is, NO ... which is why faith is no reason and will never gain any traction with those who prefer rationality to irrationality.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 26, 2019 at 12:14pm

Joan, I only meant that I've willed my remains to a medical school. No surgery or travel plans.

It's commonly stated that climate change will hit the poor first and hardest. And while that's true, it obscures the fact that it's relentless and the uber-rich will not be spared. At 4C rise, the Earth will only support a billion people. That's going to happen sooner than the previous climate models predicted.

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So civilization as we know it is not compatible with a rise of three more degrees C. The hierarchy responsible for this will, in my view, be held to account by those suffering and having lost their future.


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