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 October 13, 2017 at 7:49am

To invent your own life's meaning is not easy, but it still allowed, and I think you'll be happier for the trouble.
-- Bill Watterson, creator of “Calvin and Hobbes”

Wonderful insight from the creator of one of my all-time favorite comic strips (would that it was still being produced!).  Sadly, people aren't encouraged to be their own authentic selves to be but something that cootchie-coos someone else.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 12, 2017 at 9:26pm

There are as many ways to construe significance as there are persons judging it.

--Thomas C. Foster

Comment by Alan Perlman on October 12, 2017 at 7:19pm

Thanks, Loren. Today's:

"Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived."

-Isaac Asimov

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 12, 2017 at 6:43pm

"It occurs to me that atheists work without a net … and I find that I don’t mind that at all."

~ Loren Miller,  a piece about Christian submission.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2017 at 6:18pm

Joan, your Emma Goldman quote reminded me of this one, which I've used a few times here:

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
-- Frederick Douglass

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 12, 2017 at 6:07pm

Joan, I love that Emma Goldman quote!  A keeper!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 12, 2017 at 6:07pm

Scientific literacy is an intellectual vaccine against the claims of charlatans who would exploit ignorance. -- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 12, 2017 at 5:34pm

"People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.” 
― Emma Goldman

Comment by Patricia on October 12, 2017 at 2:18pm

Thanks Loren, I thought so too.

Keeping that, Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 12, 2017 at 12:21pm


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