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 2:31pm

Uh, oh, "agency coming on?!?"  Isn't there a prescription for that??? [grin!]

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2017 at 2:28pm

Goodmorning, fellow atheists and humanists. What a great way to start the day, all these fine quotes highlighted by our members. I feel a sense of agency coming on!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 13, 2017 at 1:36pm

This is a philosophical revulsion against the very idea of a social safety net. The president* may be acting out of id-based contempt and bone-deep ignorance. But the support he's getting for his actions from all the people who otherwise are laughing at him behind his back and hoping that he doesn't start World War III in such a way that it can be hung on them in the next election is deliberate and calculated. It is a premeditated catastrophe visited on people whom Paul Ryan believes in the darkness of his soul and in the shadows of his mind do not deserve the help of the government of which they are a part. They just found a useful hatchetman to serve an agenda of ruthless sadism.

--Charles ierce

Comment by Loren Miller on October 13, 2017 at 12:33pm

Bertold, that "softness" of your Chesterton quote I suspect may be in the HEAD! [sigh]

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 13, 2017 at 11:00am
"I think,
Therefore I am",
Said the philosopher.
Bunk! He didn't feel; he only
Half was.
That's a quintain form devised by the American poet Adelaide Crapsey--five lines with 2, 4, 6, 8 and 2 syllables.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 13, 2017 at 10:21am

Brave men are all vertebrates. They have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle. But these modern cowards are all crustaceans; their hardness is all on the cover, and their softness is inside.

--G.K. Chesterton

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 13, 2017 at 9:55am

Patricia, that's a great quote about children praying to imaginary beings.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 13, 2017 at 9:53am

Carl, I love that Tyson quote.

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


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