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 Bertold Brautigan on January 5, 2018 at 3:46pm

Alas all taboos, particularly sexual and patriotic taboos, are interchangeable to closed minds.

--Aleister Crowley

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2018 at 3:34pm

"And, as ill-luck would have it, there did not seem to be any decent young fellows left in the world. When he looked around in the club he saw only a lot of conceited popinjays too selfish to think of making a good woman happy."
— Joseph Conrad, The End of the Tether, 1902

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2018 at 3:06pm

"How do we re-horrify people about the sin of homosexuality?”

~Michele Bachmann

Excuse me! 

"How do we re-horrify people about the sin of judgment, hate-mongering, self-righteousness, patriotism gone mad, fear-mongering, pride, coveting, gossip, hate-mongering, & hypocrisy?

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 5, 2018 at 1:20pm

I read tell that Michele Bachmann is talking to her God to make a run for Al Frankens vacant Senate seat.


So in this case, pro-active before it is too late......

Comment by Patricia on January 5, 2018 at 12:54pm

Her again.....UGH!

My sister-in-law says that scump is a walking stroke or heart attack. Surprised one or the other hasn't happened yet.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2018 at 12:18pm

Good Grief! Michele Bachmann, you are not being called to do anything in the public sphere. Save your vitriol for your fellow hate-mongering religious. 

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 5, 2018 at 12:15pm

That crazed Michele Bachmann look is normal for her.... isn't it?

Images source from Bing

Comment by Loren Miller on January 5, 2018 at 10:39am

Hmph.  I want to horrify people to the idea of believing something without substantial evidence to support it.  I want to horrify people about FAITH.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 5, 2018 at 10:31am

How do we re-horrify people about the sin of homosexuality?” she wondered. “People are becoming so comfortable with this, even people on our side. We need to re-horrify them.

--Linda Harvey

Comment by Loren Miller on January 5, 2018 at 10:05am

I wouldn't call on that twit to get me a beer!


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