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 Loren Miller on January 10, 2018 at 5:07am

Chris, you said a few comments previously, and I quote:

In biblical texts the mythical Jesus never claimed to be the son of Gowd (sic)

I responded with:

I and my father are one.
-- John 10:30

That is, at minimum, Jesus equating himself with Yahweh, if not explicitly asserting himself as Yahweh's son, at least from where I sit.

Comment by Chris on January 10, 2018 at 4:35am

I and my father are one.
-- John 10:30
Care to try again, Chris?

The Fox and the Grapes

One hot summer's day a Fox was strolling through an orchard
till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which
had been trained over a lofty branch. "Just the thing to quench
my thirst," quoth he. Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and
a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a
One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success. Again
and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to
give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: "I
am sure they are sour."

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 10, 2018 at 2:57am

Loren, I don't understand the John 10:30 quote.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2018 at 10:37pm

I don't get the Frank Sinatra reference. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2018 at 10:32pm

EXACTLY!  Propaganda to enrich the military-industry, and for whose benefit? Not me, probably not you, decidedly not the Earth and living things. 

Somehow, we have to break the spell of militarism, just as Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell defines. 

Comment by Loren Miller on January 9, 2018 at 10:07pm

I and my father are one.
-- John 10:30

Care to try again, Chris?

Comment by Chris on January 9, 2018 at 9:25pm

No thinking person ever thought the world was flat.

The Catholic curch never claimed the earth was flat.

Erastosthenens' Calculation of Earth Size.

~200 BC.

The flat earth comment was sarcasm from an enlightement author.

How the Myth of the Flat-Earth Dogma Started the Religion-Science War

In biblical texts the mythical Jesus never claimed to be the son of Gowd

Comment by Patricia on January 9, 2018 at 1:19pm

G.O.D. = Grandiosity of Delusion

  Robert A. Vella

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 9, 2018 at 11:02am

Patricia, I think that's a great quote by Docktor Jim.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 9, 2018 at 9:03am

OY!  Bertold ... go to your launch pad!


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