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


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14. 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. 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. 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

Ingersoll Day August 11th

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Aug 12. 2 Replies

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)"When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood…Continue

Tags: fearless, joyous, freedom, Day, agnostic

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Comment by Loren Miller on September 6, 2018 at 5:54am

If god has to become one of us to more effectively communicate with us, that to me tends to suggest that he CAN'T communicate with us effectively as he is ... which sure looks like a gaping hole in his supposed omnipotence (one among many, really).
-- me

No further comment needed, really.

Comment by Patricia on September 6, 2018 at 3:15am

Lets hope so.....enough already!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2018 at 3:11am

Spud, Moannnnnnn!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2018 at 3:09am

Last night, I listened to the Phone call between President Trump and journalist Bob Woodward.
Today, the news has been nothing but "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration: I wor...

The pundits come out of all the walls about corruption in WA, D.C. 

Will we see the end of this Orange Monster, at last?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2018 at 2:14am

Bertold, an excellent quote by Joseph Heller, Catch 22.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2018 at 2:13am

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 5, 2018 at 7:35am

And speaking of our revered leader,

Comment by Loren Miller on September 5, 2018 at 6:02am

No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause; because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity. With equal, nay with greater reason, a body of men are unfit to be both judges and parties at the same time.
-- James Madison

Mr. Trump, if you, as you have suggested, wish to take over the management of the independent (!) investigation into your own self, you might do well to know that a significant predecessor of yours was not at all sanguine about such practice!

Comment by Loren Miller on September 5, 2018 at 5:37am

In no instance have . . . the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.
-- James Madison

Not that long ago, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist was asked by his believing father to supply him with quotes from the founding fathers, disparaging the bible, Christianity, or both.  It shouldn't surprise me that the above might have been at or near the top of Seth's list.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 4, 2018 at 8:45pm

I'd be careful about that, John. Our current president has both feet and is indeed up to his eyebrows in nonsense. Pardon me if I find that a bit problematic.


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