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

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.

Aron Ra on Gods, Demons, and the Meaning of Life

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 20. 2 Replies

This isn't quite a rant, but it's more than just a talk or a speech.  What follows here is the end of something Aron Ra delivered several years ago which has stuck with me practically since I first…Continue

Tags: soul, bible, skeptic, devil, god


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 14 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2019 at 1:16am

Thank you, Loren. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 30, 2019 at 5:40am

...he told me, very tenderly, that it can be dangerous to believe things just because you want them to be true. You can get tricked if you don’t question yourself and others, especially people in a position of authority. He told me that anything that’s truly real can stand up to scrutiny.
-- Sasha Sagan, relating a conversation between her and her father, Carl

I have to wonder how many fathers and sons or daughters have had conversations like this and how much better off the world would be if they did.

Comment by Patricia on April 29, 2019 at 5:53pm

And a big thank you to them all!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2019 at 4:49pm

Living in the midst of volunteer firefighters, listening to them after they come back from a fire, knowing my loved ones put their lives on the line with each phone call from Dispatch, I take this personally, and so do the other people who respond to fire calls and their families.

Larry is a Fire Commissioner (he serves in spite of being handicapped by polio), Laura is a firefighter and has Emergency Medical Response training, Michelle is a firefighter and EMR and Jared is a firefighter. All the teenage children in this family are Junior Firefighters.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2019 at 4:40pm

Climate Denialists Who Still Blame the Sun

It is far past time that we stop allowing climate change deniers to impose their beliefs on the rest of the Earth! Yes, there are phases of the sun cycles; yes, there are natural events taking place that pollutes our air, water, and soil. However, how can people who burn fossil fuels for whatever reason, get away with failure to take action to get off fossil fuels ? How can people who profit from the mining of coal, drilling for oil and gas, continue to act as though they had no profit to justify? How can consumers who choose wood, gasoline, natural gas, and coal not recognize the consequences of their choices to burn fossil fuels?

We need to start naming names, holding individuals and corporations, and government accountable for lack of getting off fossil fuels. 

We don't have to be violent; we have to be specific. 


Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 29, 2019 at 3:45pm

"I watched countless videos of wildfires ripping through suburbia, and cannot forget the little girl’s voice in the background of one shaky mobile phone recording asking her daddy if she was going to catch fire." Liv Grant

 I worked on David Attenborough’s documentary. The grim reality gave...

Comment by Loren Miller on April 29, 2019 at 5:44am

Melisandre: What do we say to the god of death?
Arya Stark: Not today
-- Game of Thrones, S8E3

Since GoT started nine years ago, I have particularly enjoyed watching the evolution of Arya Stark, beautifully played by Maisie Williams. That investment paid off at something just sort of 10:30 PM, EDT last night, when Arya likely saved all of Westoros in one stroke.

Way to go, Arya.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 28, 2019 at 6:15am

Thus mystery [the divinity of Jesus Christ] is made a convenient cover for absurdity.
-- John Adams

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
-- Voltaire

Nice matched pair, I think.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2019 at 5:44am

Pray, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner, confessedly unworthy.
-- Ambrose Bierce

On a lark this morning, I decided to go in search of Ambrose Bierce quotes and came up with the above, among quite a few others. Sounds awfully familiar, doesn't it? [grin!]

Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2019 at 5:50am

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
-- Abraham Lincoln

Pretty sure that Trump knows nothing about the above quote, and I would have to wonder about Mitch McConnell as well ... but then this is what happens when people prioritize themselves over the position they hold.


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