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 Loren Miller on November 7, 2017 at 10:52am

Joan, I doubt there is anything so denigrating of women as religion.  Thanks for your Stanton quote.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2017 at 10:41am

"My heart's desire is to lift women out of all these dangerous, degrading superstitions, and to this end will I labor my remaining days on earth."
~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 7, 2017 at 9:16am

I agree, Patricia.  Like that quote Gary.  Loren, excellent posts as usual.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 7, 2017 at 6:32am

If it turns out that there is a God...the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever.
― Woody Allen

Actually more of a peculiar achiever, in that he can create galaxies and solar systems and life, but he can't do a single thing that a human being can do, most especially, write, edit, and correct a book ... and we all know which one I'm referring to.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 6, 2017 at 10:22pm

Gary, somewhere I read that while all answers are responses, not all responses are answers.  This is the problem with religion.  They make assertions which they wish to treat as answers, except that those responses are without substance or credibility and therefore USELESS.

Since the beginning, religious responses have failed to be answers.

Comment by Gary S on November 6, 2017 at 9:41pm

I would challenge anyone here to think of a question upon which we once had a scientific answer, however inadequate, but for which now the best answer is a religious one.

- Sam Harris

Comment by Patricia on November 6, 2017 at 12:19pm

They really need to get a new phrase.....thoughts & prayers don't work & the words are meaningless, & too over-used.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 6, 2017 at 11:24am
Charles M. Blow concluded with “...weapons against American democracy.”

Had Blow wanted to tell the truth he would have concluded his remark with “...weapons against oligarchy.”
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 6, 2017 at 10:39am
Russia used American technology and American companies as weapons against American democracy.

Charles M. Blow

LOL, well put Bertold.

Perfect Nietzsche quote, Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 6, 2017 at 10:39am

One would think that prayers would be unnecessary for anyone residing in what should be perceived as the bosom of god's grace: his church ... yet crimes of all sorts have been committed in his supposed premises and under his aegis ... as though there were nothing he could do about it.


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