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 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


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

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Comment by Patricia on September 30, 2017 at 1:19pm

Lots of good ones!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 30, 2017 at 1:16pm

Two from a prolific mind:

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. 

If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.

--Maya Angelou

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 30, 2017 at 12:48pm

I really like your quote, Loren.  Yes, you definitely deserve a pat on the back.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 30, 2017 at 10:47am

I couldn't find where I got the Thomas Paine quote, but some of it's in Wikipedia, and all of it & more is in this site:


Comment by Compelledunbeliever on September 30, 2017 at 10:39am

Thank you for posting your quote. I immediately wrote it down when it saw it. I can't wait to throw it down in a conversation with a theist!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 30, 2017 at 7:57am

Joan, I got that Thomas Paine quote somewhere else, so don't attribute it to me.  I'll try to find where I got it.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 30, 2017 at 7:13am

Something which does not exist cannot help us, but chronic dependence on something which fails to exist does active harm to all of us.
-- me

Compelledbeliever was trying to post the above a day or so ago, so I decided to put it up again.  At the risk of patting myself on the back, it's one of my better quotes.

I've seen the tendency toward slow acknowledgement of postings and I'll see what I can do about letting Brother Richard know about it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2017 at 10:35pm

@Spud, a great quote of Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, 1794. I am going to repost it on Facebook; may I give attribution to you as the source? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2017 at 10:20pm

"I grew up like a neglected weed - ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it."

Harriet Tubman

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2017 at 10:14pm

"A free race cannot be born of slave mothers."

~ Margaret Sanger


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