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 Loren Miller on February 17, 2018 at 7:58am

Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.
-- Alejandro Jodorowsky

The above speaks at least a bit to the issue of children indoctrinated with religion. They're brought up with the understanding that certain "truths" are absolute and beyond question, even though they make no logical sense. Shedding those lies once they've been drilled in can be monumentally difficult, and that doesn't even mention the anger and resentment which may follow.

Comment by Plinius on February 16, 2018 at 11:18pm

Tom Sarbeck - for a religious indoctrinated child, growing up in isolation, it's a hell of of a job. You know what you don't want because you see it doesn't work, but to find out the alternatives and how they work costs years.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 16, 2018 at 6:27pm

Comment by Cane Kostovski on February 16, 2018 at 5:57pm

You always have the choice of the thing or not taking (accepting) the thing. Of course the deck might be stacked against you and you don't know you have the choice not to accept it.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on February 16, 2018 at 4:50pm

Patricia, and others, how does one choose when one doesn’t have at least two alternatives from which to choose?

For instance, kids who grow up in authoritarian, or dogmatically religious, homes don’t learn of two or more alternatives. They don’t have alternatives.

For two more instances, kids who have caregivers who only take offense and adults who are in desperate enough circumstances also don’t see alternatives.

I have a right to express a view dogmatically to myself. Doing so might help me learn to stop expressing myself dogmatically.

Comment by Patricia on February 16, 2018 at 1:24pm

Being offended, or not, is a choice.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 16, 2018 at 6:11am

Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile!
-- Kurt Vonnegut

There should be no two more frightening words in the English language than "unquestioning faith." They open a Pandora's Box of irrationality and unreason which make more ugly things possible than I could ever hope to count.

Comment by Cane Kostovski on February 15, 2018 at 1:51pm

“It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so fucking what."

[I saw hate in a graveyard -- Stephen Fry, The Guardian, 5 June 2005]” 
― Stephen Fry

Comment by Cane Kostovski on February 15, 2018 at 1:46pm

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” 
― Salman Rushdie

Comment by Patricia on February 15, 2018 at 1:38pm

Don't know, I just found it.


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