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 30, 2017 at 6:39pm

[wry chuckle!] Joan, you don't want to guess what I've used as a hammer!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2017 at 6:36pm

Loren, I love it! I was so angry when a relative used a carpenter's wind up tape measure to try to pound in a steel rod on a horse gate. I thought, "How stupid can one human being be?"

Comment by Loren Miller on October 30, 2017 at 6:24pm

I believe that inside every tool is a hammer.
-- Adam Savage, from the 2012 Reason Rally

Outside of his marvelous closing statement, I thought the above was a wonderfully pithy and humorous part of his comments ... never mind relating to the current discussion!  [grin]

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2017 at 6:07pm

“To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”

~ Mark Twain 

To a baby with a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

~ What I said when my father-in-law gave my two-year-old a hammer. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2017 at 6:04pm

Q. Why the question about  PUT THE HAMMER DOWN!"?

A. "1)A term truck drivers use meaning accelerate to maximum speed, or terminal velocity, which ever is faster.

2)Common uses by passenger vehicle drivers are pedal to the metal and floor it

~ Urban Dictionary 

Bring the hammer down:

A" metaphorical tool of construction, destruction, suppression or oppression, the ever-handy hammer has few equals in the English vernacular. The word “hammer” itself comes from Germanic roots with the general sense of “stone weapon” or “tool with a stone head,” and our modern “hammer” first appeared in Old English already with its current modern meaning of a tool with a stone or metal head and a wooden handle used to pound things."

~ The Word Detective

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2017 at 11:56am

"It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have."  
~ James Baldwin from NO NAME IN THE STREET (1972) 

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 30, 2017 at 10:51am
Thomas, your interest in SCOTUS intrigues me. I’ve been following the Court since 1953 when in my 2nd year in college I wrote a term paper on its church and state cases. Four years later I quit Catholicism and Douglas intrigued me too; he seemmed the most in favor of the Bill of Rights.

Have you looked at the Ninth Amendment and considered its effects on rights?
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 30, 2017 at 9:52am
The Supreme Court ruled that a corporation was a ‘legal person’ with 14th Amendment protections before they granted full personhood to African-Americans, immigrants, natives, or women.

Greg Coleridge, Outreach Co-Director of national Move to Amend (www.MoveToAmend.org)

Great Voltaire quote, Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 30, 2017 at 6:14am

Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.
― Voltaire

Perhaps one of Voltaire's most important quotes and part of a longer statement I cited some time ago. As for evidence supporting this assertion, may I refer you to Christopher Hitchens' speech at the 2009 Intelligence Squared debate ... where he fundamentally tore the catholic church a new one!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 30, 2017 at 6:09am

Trust me, Tom ... between 1980 and 1982, when I was on the road, I LIVED on Channel 19!  "Put the hammer down, good buddy, PUT THE HAMMER DOWN!"


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