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 Joan Denoo on October 29, 2017 at 9:55pm

Thomas, you chose well and wisely, the William O. Douglas quotes fit perfectly into the theme. 

Comment by Loren Miller on October 29, 2017 at 9:38pm
Thomas, this group is about valuable words, and you just posted a couple of doozies! In the immortal words of CB channel 19, "Put the hammer down!"
Comment by Thomas Murray on October 29, 2017 at 9:36pm


  I wasn't sure if it was acceptable to put in a couple of William Douglas quotes. At least the 2nd one is for separation of church and state, however, I would have expanded that Christianity chokes all human freedoms.

  The first one I felt it appropriate of the Trumpism effect giving renewed rise in racism occurring from white nationalists and their hate screeching across America.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2017 at 5:30pm

Loren & Spud, I agree, "I am far more than an atheist," I am a gardener, a gourmet chef, a lover of animals, a playmate with my great-grandchildren, a debater, a mother, grandmother, an aware citizen, an environmentalist, a permaculturist, a feminist and .......and I am a very proud David Silverman Firebrand for expressing my lack of belief in gods. 

Comment by Loren Miller on October 29, 2017 at 4:22pm
I'll agree that I am far more than just an atheist, but I am still of David Silverman's point of view as it comes to identification. In dealing with believers, identifying as an atheist is the best way to be clearly understood.
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 29, 2017 at 3:24pm

I don't like calling myself an atheist because it is so limiting.  I am so much more.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2017 at 2:51pm

This is an oldie, but still current today:

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

~ Sinclair Lewis

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2017 at 1:50pm

“I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.”

“All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.”

~ Thomas Paine  “The Age of Reason” 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2017 at 1:48pm

Spud, I like your understanding of not being a theist. 

"Atheism is one thing: A lack of belief in gods.

Atheism is not an affirmative belief that there is no god nor does it answer any other question about what a person believes. It is simply a rejection of the assertion that there are gods. Atheism is too often defined incorrectly as a belief system. To be clear: Atheism is not a disbelief in gods or a denial of gods; it is a lack of belief in gods."

American Atheists

Comment by Loren Miller on October 29, 2017 at 1:46pm

A pair of premium quotes there, Thomas.  Would that the current court (never mind the current administration!) could remember them.


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