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 December 7, 2017 at 5:40am

I do not fear death. I'd been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience.
--Mark Twain

And if those billions of years went unnoticed in your consciousness, why should billions or trillions more after your physiology fails be of any concern? [grin!] An oft-noted and poignant quote from Mr. Clemons. I wonder if he and Ingersoll ever met...

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 7, 2017 at 2:40am

Excellent quotes, all!

Comment by Patricia on December 6, 2017 at 4:03pm


Comment by Loren Miller on December 6, 2017 at 8:07am

I have observed, indeed, generally, that while in protestant countries the defections from the Platonic Christianity of the priests is to Deism, in catholic countries they are to Atheism. Diderot, D'Alembert, D’Holbach, Condorcet, are known to have been among the most virtuous of men. Their virtue, then, must have had some other foundation than the love of God.
― Thomas Jefferson

Yeah ... funny thing, that.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 6, 2017 at 7:31am

Excellent, Bertold, and wonderfully expressed, though I could hardly expect anything less of Mr. Russell.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2017 at 1:37am

Loren, I failed to give the proper citation for the Galbraith quote. I am watching the Century of Enslavement: The History of the Federal Reserve

I am convinced we are on the cutting edge of economic change in this country and the evolution to Trump is a symptom of it. Our Federal banking system, which is not Federal at all, but a private bank that is conceived and managed by a group of wealthy people. They feel entitled to the goods and services of the working class, without regard for the low wages, lack of jobs, destruction of unions, and health and welfare of the general public. 

If I am accurate, there will be a rise up of the working class in protest to the widening spead of wealth between rich and poor, and the increase of people living below the poverty line.

Evidence of change in economy:

Ages of Humans: 

Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, and 

Agricutural age (wealth based on ownership of land and agriculture), 

Industrial Revolution age (wealth based on development of industry),  

1. Andrew Carnegie (Steel, Carnegie Steel Company), 

2. Cornelius Vanderbilt (Railroad & Shipping), 

3. John D. Rockefeller (Refining &  Standard Oil Company, Inc.), 

4. J.P. Morgan (Financier, Banker, J.P. Morgan & Company ).


Information Age (wealth based on engineering technology: )

1.  Bill Gates, Microsoft – $86.7 billion

2.  Jeff Bezos, Amazon – $75.2 billion

3.  Carlos Slim, Telmex, America Movil, Samsung Mexico – $61.3 billion

4.  Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook – $59.5 billion

5.  Larry Ellison, Oracle– $55 billion


Experience Age (wealth based on micro-computers, mobile sensors and high-speed connectivity.)


This Experience Age requires skills with training and experience. People who lack skills of any kind will find it difficult to get jobs that pay living wages.  We can expect a growing class of people falling below the poverty line.  What will we, as a society, do to solve the problems that come out of a huge wealth gaps?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2017 at 10:14pm

the genius of Republican Government made part of a "Bill for the more general diffusion of knowledge" that wherever a youth was ascertained to possess talents meriting an education which his parents could not afford, he should be carried forward at the public expence, from seminary to seminary, to the completion of his studies at the highest."

~ James Madison to W. T. Barry Epilogue: Securing the Republic

Comment by Loren Miller on December 5, 2017 at 9:33pm

Joan, I wonder if that disguise is a function of the fact that money is not an end in and of itself, but the means to multiple ends, said ends dependent on those spending the money.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2017 at 8:43pm

The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is one in which complexity is used to disguise truth or to evade truth, not to reveal it.

– John Kenneth Galbraith

Comment by Loren Miller on December 5, 2017 at 3:12pm

Possibly true, Bertold.  I've heard more than one commentator suggesting that the US will be decades recovering from the Trump presidency, if for no other reason than the judges he is currently installing.


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