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 Joan Denoo Sep 14. 2 Replies

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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 November 29, 2017 at 6:01am

Faith!  What a dirty monosyllable – Jill, why didn't you mention that one when you were teaching me the short words that mustn't be used in polite company?
-- Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

… faith is a belief that is assumed without evidence and defended against all evidence to the contrary.
-- Aron Ra

If I could change just one thing, it would be to dissociate the idea of faith from virtue—now and for good—and to expose it for what it is: a servile weakness, a refuge in cowardice, and a willingness to follow, with credulity, people who are in the highest degree unscrupulous.
-- Christopher Hitchens
No commentary needed. Thus endeth the lesson.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 28, 2017 at 4:53pm

ROCK ON, Joan!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 28, 2017 at 4:49pm

I am proud to state I am an atheist, I can influence events and their outcomes in my life; the choises I make determine my future success in my own work. I succeed or fail depending on my being able and willing to work hard. When I work hard and fail, I do not have an accurate view of reality. Given a particular reality that is beyond my control, it is my task to recognize it, plan and work given the external reality. 

If my dream is to be a great jazz singer and my reality is I am tone and rhythm deaf, it is my responsibility to recognize these fact. 

If my dream is to be a brilliant scientist and my reality is I am not able and willing to work hard enough to reach that dream, or if I lack talent in science, the responsibility for my not reaching my dream reveals that I am not being realistic in my imagined future. 

If I love gardening, seek information from other gardeners, study about how to build healthy soil, and use effective techniques, I can learn, understand, select potentially good gardening spots, and produce a fine garden.

~ Joan Denoo

"I Am Proud To Be An Atheist"

~ Cult of Dusty

Comment by Loren Miller on November 28, 2017 at 7:13am

Thanks, Randall. 

I'm familiar with Heinen's and have shopped there many times.  A neat place which sometimes carries items that the other supermarkets don't.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 28, 2017 at 7:00am

I can identify with Asimov's (former) difficulty. Calling myself an atheist remains stuck in my throat at times.

Loren, your Dillahunty an Aron Ra quotes are also good.

(Did you ever receive my question about Heinman's supermarkets (sp?) in Cleveland?)

Comment by Loren Miller on November 28, 2017 at 6:38am

I want to believe as many true things and as few false things as possible.
-- Matt Dillahunty

This is one of the simplest statements regarding how to address reality that I may ever have heard. At the same time, it may be one of the most profound and potentially confusing or daunting to believers. They want their bible to BE true; the fact is that it has little to nothing to corroborate itself. Still they elevate their holy book to that standard, mostly because that's where they want it placed ... which brings us to this:

If you don't care what the facts are, then you don't care what the truth is.
-- Aron Ra

Comment by Patricia on November 27, 2017 at 12:50pm


Comment by Loren Miller on November 27, 2017 at 8:03am

I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I'm a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time.
― Isaac Asimov

Isaac speaks my line. There was a time back when I first recognized my own atheism yet wasn't 100% comfortable with the word. I suspect this is a common experience, but one which is resolved with time and the recognition that "atheist" states the case succinctly if incompletely and is the most recognized descriptor in general use.

Certainly we are freethinkers, humanists and skeptics ... but make no mistake that we are also emphatically ATHEISTS. 'Nuff said.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 26, 2017 at 6:29pm

Thanks Loren. I will watch it. 

Comment by Loren Miller on November 26, 2017 at 6:27pm

Joan, as it happens, Seth Andrews has had a conversation with Mr. Sherlock on The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast.  If I recall, it was a pretty good one (big surprise, right? [grin!]).


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