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 Loren Miller on December 25, 2018 at 1:55pm

Solid quote, Patricia!  That one just went straight into my collection!

Comment by Patricia on December 25, 2018 at 1:53pm

Mark Twain---

Never trust the clergy. If they believe what they're saying, then they're crazy. If they don't believe what they're saying, then they're lying. Either way, they are not to be trusted.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 25, 2018 at 5:17am

Bertold, that's an unusual quote from Nietzsche, but a damned good one!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 25, 2018 at 5:16am

This is brilliantly stated, especially as regards religious belief.  The bible or quran each have about as much truth as you could keep in a thimble, yet their adherents insist on their verity to the point of what could accurately be called, "desperation."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 24, 2018 at 4:36pm

To stay cheerful when involved in a gloomy and exceedingly responsible business is no inconsiderable art: yet what could be more necessary than cheerfulness? Nothing succeeds in which high spirits play no part.

~F.W. Nietzsche

Comment by Loren Miller on December 24, 2018 at 6:03am

In the long run I certainly hope information is the cure for fanaticism, but I am afraid information is more the cause than the cure.
-- Daniel C. Dennett

Because fanaticism is frequently founded on dogma which is not based in fact, and that dogma must, by their lights, be defended in spite of the facts.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 23, 2018 at 6:54am

If someone doesn't value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide to prove that they should value it? If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument could you provide to show the importance of logic?
— Sam Harris

I would ask them if they have faith that a car won't hit them when they cross the street ... or will they look both ways first!  I would ask a gambler if it makes sense to draw to an inside straight or a person in a marketplace if they would buy a pig in a poke or make any investment without seeing the goods first.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 22, 2018 at 6:39am

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
-- Richard Dawkins

And the more we can understand the world, the more we're able to keep it from victimizing us.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 21, 2018 at 5:50am

It has always seemed absurd to suppose that a god would choose for his companions, during all eternity, the dear souls whose highest and only ambition is to obey.
— Robert G. Ingersoll

So Yahweh wants yes-men and yes-women to lick his boots and sing his praises. Shock and amazement ... NOT!!!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 20, 2018 at 1:18pm

I would have to add to that, "AND the presumption of unquestionable goodness which has been associated with faith and religions" ... yeah, the RICO statute would have been pulled on the RC church LONG before now.

It seems as though, after both Boston and now Pennsylvania, that maybe law enforcement has finally gotten the guts to go toe-to-toe with the church, an event so badly overdue, I'm not sure words suffice.


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