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

"If Right Doesn't Matter, We're Lost." (Adam Schiff)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 1. 3 Replies

This is a bit rushed, but I wanted to post Adam Schiff's closing statement to the impeachment trial on 24 January 2020.  This is potent stuff, and it speaks to Schiff's integrity and determination to…Continue

Tags: statement, impeachment, Adam Schiff

On authority, obedience, and "liberal" vs. "conservative" values

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 18, 2019. 2 Replies

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

The Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 4, 2019. 4 Replies

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been reading Andrew L. Seidel’s excellent book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is UN-AMERICAN. Barely four chapters in, Seidel has already…Continue

Tags: rights, The Founding Myth, Seidel, Andrew

"Mr. President ... I Don't Work For You"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 31, 2019. 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on January 15, 2020 at 5:48am

It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the inspiration of heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandize or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.
-- John Adams, "A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, 1787

So ... the Founding Fathers were all Christians who were establishing a Christian nation, 243 years ago, eh? Seems as though Mr. Adams disagrees with you ... and trust me when I say, he's NOT alone!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 14, 2020 at 6:44am

No society has ever suffered by becoming more reasonable.
-- Sam Harris

There's been some discussion about whether Harris should have said "reasoned" or "reasoning" as regards the above quote, but the root word is still the operant issue here: REASON. Entirely too often, believers DON'T, and that is a considerable portion of the problem we face with them.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 13, 2020 at 5:47am

Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges - In times of war, the law falls silent.
-- Cicero, Pro Milone

I learned this quote through the good offices of the eponymous episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which dealt with a whole lot of underhanded interaction between the Romulans and the Federation during the Dominion War. Good stuff, well written, and totally worth your time.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 12, 2020 at 7:32am

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Yet another one of those quotes which should have gone up here a long time ago and which is particularly apt in this day and age and situation.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2020 at 4:44pm

"W]e need a new kind of truth-loving cooperative transparency to cut through toxic Dominator Culture memes, exposing self-interest, corruption, and too-narrow perspectives (for global existential challenges). These "heritage" memes are killing us."

Ruth Anthony-Gardner, in Atheist Nexus, "Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful, January 4, 2020 at 7:43am

Comment by Loren Miller on January 11, 2020 at 8:10am

I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence.
-- Doug McLeod

Yeah ... you'd think those in that church didn't believe their god would protect them!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 10, 2020 at 6:36am

Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the non-existence of Zeus or Thor — but they have few followers now.
-- Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood's End

Not sure it's quite that easy, Arthur, especially not when a religion is as deeply embedded in a culture as Christianity is in ours. Still, while the excision is slow, it does progress.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 9, 2020 at 5:37pm

Any supposed guide for life which can recommend both sides of an argument is no guide at all.
--Loren Miller

Indeed! In the Bible, there's even a place where the very next verse gives a contradiction! God needed to hire a better editor! :-)

4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

(Proverbs 26:4-5, KJV, not to be confused with the book of Proverbs in The Good Book: A Humanist Bible)

Comment by Loren Miller on January 9, 2020 at 5:45am

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
-- Oscar Wilde

Some of the most important and profound wisdom in a few words I know of.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 8, 2020 at 5:42pm

"No one will ever fight a war over access to sunshine..."

Bill McKibben


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