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

"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


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 14 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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 29, 2017 at 12:18pm

Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from making bad decisions. --  Unknown

Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2017 at 5:40am

People who don't want you to think are never your friend.
-- TheraminTrees

The above has been on TheraminTrees' YouTube page for as long as I can remember, and I've been impressed with its succinct wisdom for about as long.  Religious leaders don't want you to think; they want you to FEEL, to engage emotions rather than intellect.  While that may be fine in certain circumstances, emotion and fact too frequently make poor bedfellows, at least from where I sit.

Comment by Patricia on September 28, 2017 at 1:59pm

You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend.

   Richard Jeni

Comment by Patricia on September 28, 2017 at 1:56pm

I like that one, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 28, 2017 at 5:53am

There is no such thing as freedom of choice unless there is freedom to refuse.
-- David Hume

I was searching for another Hume quote when I came across this one ... which strikes me as perfect for those who want to assert that there is freedom OF religion, but not freedom FROM it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2017 at 7:51pm

“crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”

~ Thomas Jefferson urged Americans to

States Can Lead the Way on Climate Change

Comment by Gary S on September 27, 2017 at 7:33pm

There was a time when religion ruled the world. It is known as the Dark Ages.

- Ruth Green

Comment by Loren Miller on September 27, 2017 at 6:50am

I was raised thinking that moral and ethical standards are universals that apply equally to everyone. And these values aren't easily compatible with the kind of religion that posits a Creator. To my way of thinking, an omnipotent being who sets up a universe in which thinking beings proliferate, grow old, and die (usually in agony, alone, and in fear) is a cosmic sadist.
― Charles Stross

And how many times have I put up that Heinlein quote about "the manners and morals of a spoiled child" god?!? Stross, yer my kinda guy!

Comment by Loren Miller on September 26, 2017 at 3:46pm

That's one from O'Hair I had never heard before, Joan.  Molte grazie, bella!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2017 at 3:24pm

“Atheism may be defined as the mental attitude which unreservedly accepts the supremacy of reason and aims at establishing a lifestyle and ethical outlook verifiable by experience and the scientific method, independent of all arbitrary assumptions of authority and creeds.” 
― Madalyn Murray O'Hair


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