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

On authority, obedience, and "liberal" vs. "conservative" values

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 1. 1 Reply

Last week Loren shared this quotation in the group comments:But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial…Continue

Tags: politics, purity, loyalty, liberal, conservative

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Craigart14 Jun 1. 6 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

"We need a much broader conversation on what morality of pro-life is"

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Apr 28. 3 Replies

"I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a…Continue

Tags: Planned, Parenthood, contraception, Pro-life,, O.S.B.

Aron Ra on Gods, Demons, and the Meaning of Life

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 20. 2 Replies

This isn't quite a rant, but it's more than just a talk or a speech.  What follows here is the end of something Aron Ra delivered several years ago which has stuck with me practically since I first…Continue

Tags: soul, bible, skeptic, devil, god

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Comment by Chris on January 2, 2018 at 3:25am

William Blake

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.

BlakeTo see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour. William Blake
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/william_blake
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2018 at 11:35pm

Yes, Homo sapiens seem to have a need to worship a creator and understand creation; it is simply the nature of the beast! Some makeup stories to provide an object of reverence and some to make up myths to flesh out the object of worship. Others can look at nature with a sense of wonder and excitement that can match any religious experience. 

I know there is no God, Yahway, or Allah, with capital letters, because each clan or tribe has a different version of the divine than the other. If there were a god, the message would be the same for everyone and that message would be instructions on how to live in peace with each other; not stories that include killing a tribe because they are "other." 

Comment by Chris on January 1, 2018 at 10:18pm


"So now reincarnation has become politicized!

Will wonders never cease?"

Next thing one may know is religion and a concept of god will be politicized.

There will always be religious people (what ever that means).

Comment by Loren Miller on January 1, 2018 at 8:42pm

So now reincarnation has become politicized! Will wonders never cease?

Comment by Chris on January 1, 2018 at 8:37pm

In reference to a previous post.

Why the Dali Lama won't reincarnate.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 1, 2018 at 4:06pm

I've always liked that quote from House.

I didn't know W.C. Fields was atheist either.

Comment by Patricia on January 1, 2018 at 3:50pm

Good one.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 1, 2018 at 12:05pm

Good quote from Albert Einstein.  I agree with god being a product of human weaknesses and the buybull primitive and childish legends.  Don't agree with the buybull being honorable.

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!


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