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 Gary S on October 20, 2017 at 10:21pm

Concur Loren.

Comment by Patricia on October 20, 2017 at 10:19pm

These are really good ones!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 20, 2017 at 10:05pm

Or, if you prefer, Gary:

Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
-- Denis Diderot

Comment by Gary S on October 20, 2017 at 8:20pm

Civilization will not attain to its perfection, until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.

- Emile Zola

Comment by Loren Miller on October 20, 2017 at 9:31am

Spud, I just Googled that quote, and the sentence after it is just as important:

Wherever the Bible and sword are in partnership, man is a slave.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 20, 2017 at 9:25am

"The liberty of man is not safe in the hands of any church."  So true.

And, it's always good to be reminded of Hitchens' Razor.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 20, 2017 at 8:21am

That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.
― Christopher Hitchens. now known as "Hitchens' Razor"

This to my mind is one of the most fundamental principles of epistemology: being Evidence-Based. The failure of faith-based learning of any sort is likely a primary reason why Aron Ra innovated the term, "apistevist."

Comment by Loren Miller on October 20, 2017 at 8:16am

DAMN, Bertold!  Ol' RGI was positively prescient about that one!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 20, 2017 at 8:01am

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2017 at 12:58pm

Loren, I feel relief that you made such a strong statement about your position and were not responding negatively to what I wrote. Your comment encouraged me to look at what I wrote to figure out what I was trying to write. 

I trust your wisdom because of your "clear-eyed perception."


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