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 Patricia on November 26, 2017 at 12:44pm

Yes Loren.....an excellent, short, & to the point quote.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 26, 2017 at 12:20pm

Damned well put, Patricia.  I've posted the following at least half a dozen times around here, but one more time won't hurt:

If it takes the threat of hell to make you a moral person, then you are not at all moral, you are just a coward who responds well to threats.
-- Leo Wolf

Comment by Patricia on November 26, 2017 at 12:18pm

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Comment by Loren Miller on November 26, 2017 at 6:17am

Faith means not wanting to know what is true.
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

This is about as succinct a statement regarding the determined ignorance I've seen represented in fundamentalist faith as I have ever heard.  When someone declares that if the bible said 2+2=5, they would try to accept it, that attitude goes so far beyond the pale that it borders on unbelievability ... yet there they are, they exist, and they are actively trying to convince others to join their belief.

And again I have to state: this is an attitude borne of FEAR, of god, of hell, and of their fellows' disapproval.  Lose that threat and a considerable portion of the persuasive power of that belief system falls of its own weight.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 25, 2017 at 8:48am

The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.
― Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I love the blend of confidence and humility in Ayaan's statement. She looks at death clear-eyed and unafraid. She is determined to live every second of her life and not be sorry at the end.


Comment by Gary S on November 25, 2017 at 12:02am

I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome.

- Epicurus

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 24, 2017 at 2:18pm

That's a keeper, Patricia.

Loren, that's an excellent quote from "me".

Comment by Patricia on November 24, 2017 at 1:13pm

I liked that one too, & I'm thinking it has to be a micro-mini salt shaker!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 24, 2017 at 1:12pm

A real goodie, as well as being utterly true, Patricia.  Thanks for posting it.

Comment by Patricia on November 24, 2017 at 12:28pm


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