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 Alan Perlman Jan 15. 12 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


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14, 2018. 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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 29, 2018 at 6:45pm

OH! Ick! What a grossly accurate definition of the difference between spirituality and religion. 

May I offer the graphic for this thought? 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 29, 2018 at 5:29pm

Michael?!? EEEEWWWWWW!

[Not that I disagree with you, you understand!]

Comment by Patricia on December 29, 2018 at 4:45pm

Sounds about right.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 29, 2018 at 4:29pm

Comment by Loren Miller on December 29, 2018 at 7:03am

Let us account for all we see by the facts we know. If there are things for which we cannot account, let us wait for light. To account for anything by supernatural agencies is, in fact to say that we do not know. Theology is not what we know about God, but what we do not know about Nature.
-- Robert G. Ingersoll

For a philosopher, Ingersoll sounds awfully like a well-disciplined scientist!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 29, 2018 at 7:00am

Joan, your second image should be blown up to billboard size and posted at every entrance to Vatican City!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 29, 2018 at 3:57am

Grinning Cat, there are two images burned into my memory of Greece and Rome, the many, many souvenir statues of Satyr in Greek street-markets and the number of priests looking at pornographic books in a bookstore in Rome. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 29, 2018 at 3:16am

Bertold,  Octavia Butler “Choose your leaders with wisdom" is a remarkable piece of work and absolutely what we need to learn at this time in history. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 29, 2018 at 2:55am

But can the ideal man's sex partner comfortably enjoy his massive endowment? There is such a thing as too big.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 28, 2018 at 9:01pm

Bertold, Oh my goodness, that would be a heavy load to carry around.

Satyr: a male mythical nature spirit from Greek mythology, with ears and tail of a horse, a donkey, or an ass, and a perpetual erection, a drunken companion of Pan or Dionysus; a lecherous man. Synonym, libertine. 

~ Wikipedia

When I was in Greece, the tourist trinket trade displayed all kinds of ancient Greek representations of their mythology. They seemed to take great pride in the Satyr myth. Their gods must have set a high mark for the ideal man. Ouch!

Ancient Greek Bronze Museum Mythology Statue Replica Satyrus Satyr Pan Dionysus

Whatever happened to the perfect male form? 

"DavidMichelangelo Buonarroti, Italian, 1475–1564. Collection: Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence.



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