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 Patricia on March 31, 2018 at 1:12pm

Out of favour doesn't mean we can't choose to read his quotes.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 31, 2018 at 7:39am

Yeah, I know about how Krauss has fallen out of favor because of his antics.  Doesn't make his words any less true.

Comment by Cane Kostovski on March 31, 2018 at 2:46am

Right on, Patricia

Comment by Patricia on March 31, 2018 at 2:20am

Comment by Loren Miller on March 30, 2018 at 7:44pm

What that old saying expresses to me, Joan, is a circumstance where one is AT HOME, in one's element, where action becomes natural, unforced, and near-automatic.

I think fishing gets the focus because it involves very little activity until the bait is taken, whereupon all manner or craziness ensues.  Still, the majority of the time is in quiet waiting and therewith the opportunity for self-reflection and appreciation of one's surroundings.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2018 at 7:03pm

Loren, I like that, except I would hope the gods do not subtract from the allotted span of my life the hours spent in the garden. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 30, 2018 at 6:29pm

The gods do not subtract from the allotted span of men's lives the hours spent fishing.
-- Anon

This was a sentiment I first read in Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land ... and while I'm not a fisherman, I see its point.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2018 at 5:32pm


"Since water still flows, though we cut it with swords

And sorrow returns, though we drown it with wine,

Since the world can in no way answer to our craving, I will loosen my hair tomorrow and take to a fishing boat."

- Li Po

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2018 at 2:03pm

"a photograph of seven women signing legislation about what men can do with their reproductive organs."

Oh! That would be nice!

Comment by Plinius on March 30, 2018 at 10:17am

I could think of a few things... 


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