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

Big Bang vs Electric Universe, Lawrence Krauss' response

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller 7 hours ago. 2 Replies

I wrote to Lawrence Krauss during the discussion of Big Bang vs Electric Universe:"Thurs, 5:54 PM, Lawrence, I belong to Atheist Nexus and a rather ugly debate began about the Big Bang Theory. One…Continue

The Oneida Perfectionists

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller on Friday. 4 Replies

The Oneida Perfectionists had a vision of utopian life, and they structured their communities according to ideological similarities.1. First, it believed that its members had entered into an…Continue

Tags: communist, authoritarian, leadership, utopia, free-love

Christianity Founded by a Murderer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman Apr 21. 4 Replies

Constantine did what?As he gained power, he became more suspicious of even family and friends. He ordered them to be put to death by various means.MaximianHis father-in-lawHe impelled to hang…Continue

Tags: baptized, escape, guilt, be, repent


Started by Cane Kostovski. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 18. 16 Replies

“Here, where a thousandCaptains swore grand conquest. . .TallGrass their monument.”― BashoWhat does this quote mean to you? To me it portrays deep deep effort that was for nothing. Deep Deep Wasted…Continue

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Comment by Loren Miller on April 11, 2018 at 9:12pm

Haven't you heard? The lord works in mysterious ways ... and if you believe THAT one...

Comment by Patricia on April 11, 2018 at 7:28pm

Ain't that the truth!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 11, 2018 at 7:01pm

Comment by Loren Miller on April 11, 2018 at 1:09pm

Bertold, this points to the need for a more stringent set of requirements to qualify as a United States representative of the people.  The mere fact of being past a certain age is ludicrously insufficient to the demands of the current day.  "The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present," requiring our government to do the one thing it is most loathe to do:


Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 11, 2018 at 12:57pm

The ostensible subject was how Facebook handled a firm called Cambridge Analytica, a company with ties to the Mercers, a prime conservative sugar-family, which, in turn, had ties to the Trump campaign. The actual testimony, however, was a glimpse into how an 18th century institution, run primarily by 20th century white men, tries to cope with 21st century technology and its application to electoral chicanery. Most of them would have been better off letting their grandchildren question Zuckerberg.

--Charles Pierce - "Mark Zuckerberg Just Went from Tech Visionary to Coal-Baron-Whose-Mine-Blew-Up"

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 11, 2018 at 11:09am

Many women of my generation, raised to be dependent, passive, and subordinate, find it difficult to maneuver in today's world. Thinking independently, actively, and in control of their lives comes as a requirement for women of my daughter's generation and her daughters'. I continually marvel at what these young women do and can do. If I had behaved as they do, I would have been smacked down, hard, by both my female and male relatives and culture.

Many of my female cohorts did not have access to opportunity. I was the first woman in my horticulture discipline in college, for goodness sake!

"Held back by societal pressures over the centuries until really the most recent, and still oppressed in many cultures, women have had little opportunity to excel in most fields, including horticulture. A few, however, do stand out in a field dominated by men."

~Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor,  University of Vermont, Wom...

In today's world, women produce food and do the science that improves their discipline. The history of women farmers goes as far back as human history, yet they have been unseen and unrecognized. 

"respecting the basic rights of women, especially in rural areas in Asia and Africa, is by far the most effective means of fighting hunger and poverty in a sustainable way."

~ Women in Agriculture

"Women are the backbone of the rural economy, especially in developing countries.  They make up almost half of the world’s farmers, and over the last few decades, they have broadened their involvement in agriculture."

Women in Agriculture: The Agents of Change for the Global Food System

This younger generation of women in my family offers me an image of life not even imagined by my generation of women. 

They think independently, take an active part in family decision making, and they take control of their lives.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 11, 2018 at 7:11am

A woman is not property, and husbands who think otherwise are living in a dreamworld.
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Ya know, I have no idea about first-, second-, or third-wave feminism. I'm just weird enough to think that men and women should be treated EQUALLY. 'Nuff said.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 11, 2018 at 1:51am

Bertold, outstanding Comment, "The biggest trick ... !"

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 10, 2018 at 7:05pm

Victory has 100 fathers, but defeat is an orphan.

--Old saying

Comment by Loren Miller on April 10, 2018 at 2:48pm

Nice twist, Bertold!


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