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 9 hours ago. 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 Patricia on January 20, 2018 at 1:19pm

Maybe gawd was too busy answering the prayers of football players.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 20, 2018 at 12:15pm

.Immediately following the Sutherland Springs church shooting on November 5, 2017, Will Wheaton on Twitter stated in response to Congressman Paul Ryan's call for prayers for the victims that "The murdered victims were in a church. If prayers did anything, they'd still be alive, you worthless sack of shit."[72] Wheaton subsequently clarified his opinion after receiving criticism.[73][74][75]

Comment by Plinius on January 20, 2018 at 11:23am

Thanks for the Appleman poem, Bertold, it's beautiful

Comment by Loren Miller on January 20, 2018 at 6:03am

Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. It's nothing to brag about. And those who preach faith, and enable and elevate it are intellectual slaveholders, keeping mankind in a bondage to fantasy and nonsense that has spawned and justified so much lunacy and destruction. Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don't have all the answers to think that they do. Most people would think it's wonderful when someone says, "I'm willing, Lord! I'll do whatever you want me to do!" Except that since there are no gods actually talking to us, that void is filled in by people with their own corruptions and limitations and agendas. And anyone who tells you they know, they just know what happens when you die, I promise you, you don't. How can I be so sure? Because I don't know, and you do not possess mental powers that I do not.
-- Bill Maher, Religulous

It's past time that something from Bill Maher's (in)famous film made it here. I particularly wanted to emphasize the portion in boldface, because even as religions are the inventions of men, the corruption and usury which they suborn are also the product of humankind. Such crap is to be resisted, boldly and without let until the lie of it is undeniable.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 19, 2018 at 6:37pm

It is sometimes difficult, in the wind tunnel of noise created by Trump’s most hysterical critics, to distinguish what is merely appalling from what is genuinely dangerous. Not everything the administration has done is wrong or disastrous — it has even gotten a few things right, such as the strike last year against Syria. But it is clear that Trump has already left so much destruction in his wake that it may be hard to put the pieces together again after he’s gone.


Tom Nichols, author of The Death of Expertise

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 19, 2018 at 2:30pm

Life has come to an end where the "kingdom of god" begins.

--F.W. Nietzsche

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 19, 2018 at 9:57am

If you pretend you're a Republican for a minute it makes perfect sense.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 19, 2018 at 9:54am

Seems as though there's at least two ways to read La Roche's statement ... and I don't care for either of 'em.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 19, 2018 at 9:48am

I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. Isn't it an ironic observation that we really don't give a shit as long as it's someone else?

Comment by Loren Miller on January 19, 2018 at 9:38am

That's a pretty broad statement, Bertold, and one which I'm not certain I agree with.  It's rather up there with the biblical assertion that god never gives us more than we can handle, which is demonstrable bullshit.  I mean, look at anyone whose load actually killed them or so occupies their life that outside of that load, nothing else can be considered.

I think ol' La Roche needs to rethink his position.


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