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 Alan Perlman on Tuesday. 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


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 Patricia on October 13, 2017 at 3:12pm

I hope my language left no doubts......hahahahaha.....

Comment by Loren Miller on October 13, 2017 at 3:01pm

And I have zero doubt of your position Patricia.  ROCK ON!

Comment by Patricia on October 13, 2017 at 3:00pm

I have no respect for religion......none......zero.....nada.......

Comment by Loren Miller on October 13, 2017 at 2:56pm

The hell of it is, Patricia's quote reflects Christian privilege and the presumption that unfounded beliefs deserve respect.  Sorry, no, they deserve NONE, and if the believers want to be butthurt about it, remind them:

NO ONE has the right not to be offended.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 13, 2017 at 2:53pm

Double standard.  Isn't it just?

Comment by Loren Miller on October 13, 2017 at 2:53pm

Most excellent, Patricia!

Comment by Patricia on October 13, 2017 at 2:49pm

Comment by Patricia on October 13, 2017 at 2:48pm

Gee, is it contagious?

Comment by Loren Miller on October 13, 2017 at 2:31pm

Uh, oh, "agency coming on?!?"  Isn't there a prescription for that??? [grin!]

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2017 at 2:28pm

Goodmorning, fellow atheists and humanists. What a great way to start the day, all these fine quotes highlighted by our members. I feel a sense of agency coming on!


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