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.

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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 January 28, 2018 at 4:10am

"Knowledge is power."

~ Francis Bacon

Ah! but the man continued to base his principles upon his belief in god and that he performed his research to affirm god and the bible message. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 28, 2018 at 3:30am

~ Emma Goldman,  "(July 9, 1917) The Anarchist Emma Goldman was tried for conspiring to violate the Selective Service Act. ... 1Who is the real patriot, or rather what is the kind of patriotism that we represent? The kind of patriotism we represent is the kind of patriotism which loves America with open eyes."

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 28, 2018 at 3:04am

"Genesis 1:28: “God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth‘” (NRSV). 

The word used for ”subdue” was ”kabash” which, according to the Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon - New American Standard - Bible, in Hebrew ”kabash” means to bring into bondage, dominate, force, keep under, make subservient, subdue, subject, tread down, or violate.

The hubris of the authors of the Bible was to think they were able to subdue (kabash) nature and have dominion over all that swims, flies, and moves on the earth.

The hubris of the authors of early empirical, observational, reasoned scientific methods, i.e., Sir Francis Bacon, and who did away with metaphysical thinking, maintained belief in god and believed they performed god’s work by reaching a knowledge of god’s creation. They claimed to regain the knowledge lost during the fall of Adam and Eve. 

~ Baconian method. (2017, December 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 06:50, January 28, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Baconian_method&oldi...

Comment by Loren Miller on January 27, 2018 at 7:12am

The bible and the church have been the greatest stumbling block in the way of women's emancipation.
― Elizabeth Cady Stanton

And to look at the bible, at its treatment of women as chattel, its insistence that no woman stand in authority over a man, the above assertion should surprise no one.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2018 at 12:25pm

Good ones, Bertold.  I don't care for most poetry, but I find that Aleister Crowley quote so poetic and true.  It well describes my awakening to reality. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 26, 2018 at 11:51am

I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning. 
--Aleister Crowley

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 26, 2018 at 10:15am

I love that he threw in "as a nice person."

Comment by Cane Kostovski on January 26, 2018 at 9:57am

Hear hear, Bertold

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 26, 2018 at 9:55am

Comment by Loren Miller on January 26, 2018 at 7:59am

The philosophy of Atheism represents a concept of life without any metaphysical Beyond or Divine Regulator. It is the concept of an actual, real world with its liberating, expanding and beautifying possibilities, as against an unreal world, which, with its spirits, oracles, and mean contentment has kept humanity in helpless degradation.
― Emma Goldman

Ms. Goldman's perception of the behavior and products of religion on reality strike me as being both succinct and remarkably accurate. Many thanks, Emma!


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