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.

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Truth

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman yesterday. 12 Replies

"APHORISM XXV. He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or Church better than Christianity, and end loving himself better than all."~…Continue

Tags: Truth

Ideas

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14, 2018. 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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on November 27, 2018 at 8:46am

Kasparov is smarter than some Americans I could name!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 27, 2018 at 8:41am

Comment by Loren Miller on November 27, 2018 at 5:37am

Nobody can tell what is right and what is wrong; what is righteous and what is evil. Even if there is a god and I had his teachings right before me, I would think it through and decide if that was right or wrong myself.
― Tsugumi Ohba

This is a biggie. Ohba is effectively saying that any external morality proposed to him would be evaluated through his own personal morality! This is something we all do, but most I suspect aren't even conscious of the fact that we do it.

Comment by Patricia on November 26, 2018 at 12:48pm

Canada has an atheist minister leading a church......go figure.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 26, 2018 at 12:48pm

A wonderful quote, Patricia!

Comment by Patricia on November 26, 2018 at 12:46pm

"How do you know so much about everything?" was asked of a very wise and intelligent man.

The answer was, "By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant."

- John Abbott, 19th century Canadian Prime Minister -

Comment by Loren Miller on November 26, 2018 at 5:51am

People ask me what I think about that woman priest thing. What, a woman priest? Women priests. Great, great. Now there’s priests of both sexes I don’t listen to.
-– Bill Hicks

Can't say I would argue the point. I mean, has anyone here heard Joyce Meyer lately? YUK!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 25, 2018 at 6:03am

Nothing draws people more quickly away from religion than an open mind.
-- Hemant Mehta

I would say not just an open mind, but one which is also willing to be skeptical and critical, particularly as regards the outlandish assertions made by religion. As we have heard many times:

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
-- Carl Sagan

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 24, 2018 at 12:05pm
"A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness."

~Albert Einstein
Comment by Loren Miller on November 24, 2018 at 6:32am

Religions are not about finding truth—they are about defending lies.
-- Bill Flavell, "Why Religions Don't Care About Truth"

Bill Flavell writes for Atheist Alliance International ... and pretty damned well, too.

 

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