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 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.

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

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Comment by Loren Miller on June 6, 2018 at 5:09am

I am atheist because truth matters more than whatever I want to believe, because only accurate information has practical application.
-- Aron Ra

As an engineer and therefore a pragmatist, my response is simple: HEAR-HEAR!!!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 5, 2018 at 10:19pm

Bertold, the question is begged: how much love OR compassion is extant in our current politics to be dragged to the surface in the first place?  Right at this moment and with the current administration considered, I am not at all sanguine about the answer to that question.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 5, 2018 at 5:55am

When one of us does a foolish thing, you should tell them it is a foolish thing. They can still continue to do it, but at least the truth is where it needs to be.
-- Dukhat of the Grey Council, Babylon 5

I'd swear I posted this quote elsewhere, but no matter.  I very much enjoy the wisdom of Babylon 5, or that of J. Michael Straczynski, if you will, and there's a lot of it to be found in that show.  Seems to me that the Legislative and Executive branches of our current government could stand to attend this sample!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 4, 2018 at 5:01am

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
-- Henry David Thoreau

Even in a post-factual world, I will go with Thoreau's choice ... because sooner or later, the truth does assert itself and sometimes painfully, and especially to those who think they can either do without it or deny it without penalty.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 3, 2018 at 6:29am

I dared, for the first and last time in my life, to express a theological conclusion: "But how can a necessary being exist totally polluted with the possible? What difference is there, then, between God and primogenial chaos? Isn't affirming God's absolute omnipotence and His absolute freedom with regard to His own choices tantamount to demonstrating that God does not exist?
― Umberto Eco

This is a neat one.  "Absolute choice" juxtaposed against omniscience is an instant contradiction in terms, and yet one more strike against its putative existence.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2018 at 5:34pm

It was your statement, Loren, in the "On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God", the last sentence. 

Comment by Loren Miller on June 2, 2018 at 4:25pm

Joan, I appreciate your citing me, but I don't remember where or when I said that.  Can you give me a link to where I made that statement?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2018 at 12:06pm

“A garden is a zoo for plants”

~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2018 at 12:05pm

"god is far less god than it is just an enhanced human, vulnerable to the same kinds of crap that we are and about as worthy of worship as a hole in the head."

~ Loren Miller

Comment by Loren Miller on June 2, 2018 at 5:30am

It's important to recognize worship for what it is: a response to threat.
-- TheraminTrees, "worshiping narcissists"

As I listened to TT's latest video, the above quote positively jumped out at me, because it is absolutely RIGHT.  Worship is a response far less to love of some deity than FEAR of it, and that's a problem.


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