Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

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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

The Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 4. 4 Replies

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been reading Andrew L. Seidel’s excellent book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is UN-AMERICAN. Barely four chapters in, Seidel has already…Continue

Tags: rights, The Founding Myth, Seidel, Andrew

"Mr. President ... I Don't Work For You"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 31. 13 Replies

There has been a major shot across President Donald Trump's bow and it came, believe it or not, from Fox News.  Specifically, it came from Fox reporter and commentator Neil Cavuto, in response to a…Continue

Tags: Neil Cavuto, Fox News, Donald Trump

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

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Comment by Gary S on February 13, 2018 at 9:56pm

To find yourself, think for yourself.

- Socrates

Comment by Patricia on February 13, 2018 at 3:46pm

Right on, & he's so likable too. Thank you.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 13, 2018 at 3:44pm

More Ricky, eh?  Okay:

How's that?

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 13, 2018 at 2:11pm

You had me worried for a second there, Ricky.

Comment by Patricia on February 13, 2018 at 2:02pm

More Ricky!

Comment by Loren Miller on February 13, 2018 at 5:54am

I see Atheists are fighting and killing each other again, over who doesn't believe in any God the most. Oh, no..wait.. that never happens.
― Ricky Gervais

Yeah ... funny thing, that.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on February 12, 2018 at 5:38am

With 7.2 and counting billion actors in the drama, isn't the stage rather crowded?

Comment by Loren Miller on February 12, 2018 at 5:29am

It doesn't seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil - which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama.
― Richard Feynman

Considering the size of the Earth, by comparison with the several quintillion cubic light-years which describes the current volume of the universe ... yeah, it is rather a bit absurd, isn't it?

Comment by Loren Miller on February 11, 2018 at 6:55pm

Interesting technicality as regards your quote, Bertold: bishops should NOT have ANY kids!  Yet how many of that rank in the RCC DO have kids?  Illegitimate by legal marriage standards, but still genetically THEIR KIDS!  I'd be more than a couple.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 11, 2018 at 10:08am

One cannot speak truth to power if power has no use for truth.
-- James Rivington, “Turn: Washington’s Spies”

Gee, timely much? It seems to me that the only "truth" that Donald John Trump is interested in is power, and the hallucination of reality he maintains in his own head. The only way it seems to dislodge that malevolence is to remove the man from the position. An extreme solution, to be sure, but one which is apropos for the extreme problem that currently obtains.

 

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