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 Bertold Brautigan on November 2, 2017 at 8:20pm

Politicks is the science of good sense, applied to public affairs, and, as those are forever changing, what is wisdom to-day would be folly and perhaps, ruin to-morrow. Politicks is not a science so properly as a business. It cannot have fixed principles, from which a wise man would never swerve, unless the inconstancy of men's view of interest and the capriciousness of the tempers could be fixed. [Fisher Ames (1758-1808)]

           --Online Etymological Dictionary

(And that ain't happenin' any time soon.)

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 2, 2017 at 8:17pm
In the 18 states with the direct initiative and referendum, PEOPLE ARE NOT THE VICTIMS OF THOSE THEY ELECT. (Pardon my shouting.)
Comment by tom sarbeck on November 2, 2017 at 8:10pm
I agree, Loren. Ideally, politics is about the improvement of people’s lives.
Less ideally it’s about economics — the production, construction, and transfer of wealth (see the OED) —among too few people.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 2, 2017 at 6:45pm

Joan, I would agree with you with the insertion of one word to Wellstone's quotes: "IDEALLY."  In the here and now, sadly, politics IS about power, IS about winning for winning's sake, and the last thing on too many politicians' minds is the good of the general public.

If you don't believe me, take a look at the latest incarnation of "trickle-down" economics as proposed with dear Donnie's proposed tax plan.  SSDD.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2017 at 6:17pm


Tom, perhaps we did not learn from Paul Wellstone and did not learn from history.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2017 at 5:09pm

Paul Wellstone provided a vision for people to work toward. He wasn't all pie-in-the-sky liberal, he lived and worked his values. 

Contrast him with the likes of the "Orange Nightmare."

What vision do children/adults have when listening to and watching the personification of sleezy, stupid, and corrupt?

It is important to look at what is, is and recognize it for what it represents. It is equally as important to have a vision of what could be. 

What is the probable future? 

What is the possible future?

What is the preferred future? 

Comment by Patricia on November 2, 2017 at 5:05pm

Love Bernadette's voice.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2017 at 5:01pm

Children Will Listen 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2017 at 4:56pm

Trump has a way with words that brings out the worst of our people. He legitamizes sleeze. He empowers stupid. He manifests corruption. 

Well, at least the sleezy, stupid, corrupt individuals and organizatios come out of hiding and reveal themselves. Sadly, children watch and imitate. 

Comment by Loren Miller on November 2, 2017 at 1:44pm

C'mon, Tom, you know the answer to that one, the same as I do: someone with a narrow, generally self-involved view of life, who thinks that he or she comes first and everyone else doesn't come at all.

Sadly, with the advent of the Orange Nightmare, more such idiot-children seem to think it's okay to come out of the woodwork.


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