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

"Mr. President ... I Don't Work For You"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 31. 13 Replies

There has been a major shot across President Donald Trump's bow and it came, believe it or not, from Fox News.  Specifically, it came from Fox reporter and commentator Neil Cavuto, in response to a…Continue

Tags: Neil Cavuto, Fox News, Donald Trump

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.

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Comment by Loren Miller on May 3, 2018 at 2:06pm

Interesting coincidence.  On Fresh Air today they had an interview with the biographer of Martha Gellhorn, who was once married to Hemingway and apparently was a spitfire in her own right.  For what they said in the interview, she was the ONLY WOMAN actually ON THE BEACH during D-Day!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 3, 2018 at 2:00pm

"The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for." "I hate very much to leave it."

~ Ernest Hemingway, Jordan speaks in For Whom the Bell Tolls

as written by John McCain in The Restless Wave

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 3, 2018 at 12:46pm


Back in the 1970s, white evangelicalism was mired in the disgrace of having been epically, utterly, spectacularly wrong about the Civil Rights movement. They hadn’t just picked the wrong side in a political battle. It was far worse than that. By defending injustice, they had disgraced themselves, surrendered all claims of moral competence, and become disgraced pariahs.

[...] by 1983, white evangelicals had found a new strategy to reclaim their rightful place as the standard-bearers of morality. That strategy was simply this: Change the subject.

[...] They didn’t change their minds about the Civil Rights movement, but they enthusiastically changed the subject. They started talking about abortion.

from "This is what abortion politics is for" (Fred Clark, Slacktivist)

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 3, 2018 at 12:20pm

That "low hanging fruit" consists of topics that grab at the throat, makes tears flow, and generates heat when presented to those who have primitive, simple, childlike faith.

I can't account for Collins, so my supposition fails.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 3, 2018 at 11:55am

Now that I think about it, GC and Bertold, I think the pro-birthers are indulging in picking low-hanging fruit, probably in an effort to claim a non-existent (in that case!) high ground.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 3, 2018 at 11:54am

Bertold, that is a damned good question! We see over and over again that many "pro-life" pro-forced-birth activists aren't really about protecting precious fetuses. (One conceived through rape is less precious?) They're about regulating sex (for baby-making only!) and denying women autonomy.

I'm not managing to find quote I'm dimly remembering about abortion and capital punishment, so I'll paraphrase the ending:

"It would be so much simpler if one party were the pro-killing party and the other were the anti-killing party, but that would make too much sense."

Comment by Loren Miller on May 3, 2018 at 6:55am

All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.
― Voltaire

We are all born atheist until someone starts telling us lies.
-- Anon.


Enow spake.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 2, 2018 at 10:12pm

Damned good question, Bertold, and deserving of an answer.  Problem is: I doubt there is a Christian on this planet that has a coherent, rational answer to offer us godless heathens!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2018 at 12:21pm

Loren and Bertold, you make my morning reading a pleasure. 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 2, 2018 at 5:35am

How much more of the mosque, of prayer and fasting?
Better go drunk and begging round the taverns.
Khayyam, drink wine, for soon this clay of yours
Will make a cup, bowl, one day a jar.

When once you hear the roses are in bloom,
Then is the time, my love, to pour the wine;
Houris and palaces and Heaven and Hell-
These are but fairy-tales, forget them all.”

― Omar Khayyám

It would seem as though that old tent-maker was one smart cookie.


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