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 Feb 11. 14 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 January 1, 2018 at 8:08am
The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.
-Albert Einstein

"The expression and product of human weaknesses" ... and the frequent desire on the part of others to exploit those weaknesses for profit and control.
Comment by Loren Miller on December 31, 2017 at 7:21pm

Sure, let's all be like "a capriciously malevolent bully," as Richard Dawkins described Yahweh. That would go over about as well as a lead zeppelin!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 31, 2017 at 5:24pm

Wow, Patricia, that one packs a vicious punch if you think about it. And it reminds me of this gem from Iris Murdoch:

Man is a creature who makes pictures of himself, and then comes to resemble the picture.

Comment by Patricia on December 31, 2017 at 5:10pm

Rather a sharp sword, huh?

Comment by Patricia on December 31, 2017 at 2:49pm

Certain patterns in the modern world are to be expected when most people bow down before a blood thirsty, deceptive, oppressive, entity who has humanity by the throat in a long standing abusive relationship.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 31, 2017 at 7:25am

The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals.
― Christopher Hitchens

Possibly the one reason why I find the bible so problematic in this day and age is because of This Day and Age ... when we can have at least an attempt at egalitarianism, where the concept if not the reality of equality between sexes and skin colors can be posited and practiced, in places if not universally. I could ask how the bible manages to survive in such a culture, but we already know the answer to that one ... and we still have a lot of work to do to correct that situation.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 31, 2017 at 7:09am

I agree about the Orwell.  1984 is a singularly UGLY novel, but it should be required reading for the very picture it paints and how it delivers its message.  As it comes to dystopian fiction, I feel the same way about Huxley's Brave New World, though in some ways, that novel is even uglier.  I remember reading it decades ago, then trying to reread it and finding I couldn't; it was that disturbing.

Comment by Plinius on December 31, 2017 at 1:11am

Joan, the Orwell quotes are from his novel 1984. I know you don't like novels, but this is a must-read.

Comment by Gary S on December 30, 2017 at 11:50pm

Joan and Compelledunbeliever, I like your quotes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2017 at 11:39pm

"Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality but by the higher duty I owe myself. What would you think me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death."

~ Eugene V. Debs: -  1908 speech


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