Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

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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

"Mr. President ... I Don't Work For You"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 31. 13 Replies

There has been a major shot across President Donald Trump's bow and it came, believe it or not, from Fox News.  Specifically, it came from Fox reporter and commentator Neil Cavuto, in response to a…Continue

Tags: Neil Cavuto, Fox News, Donald Trump

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.

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Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2017 at 6:34am

There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Have to admit, lately I'm far more concerned about the tyrant right here and now.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2017 at 6:31am

Excellent, Patricia, and very damned true.

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 10:17pm

Take responsibility

Comment by Alan Perlman on October 11, 2017 at 8:01pm

And in that spirit,

"I am convinced now that children should not be subjected to the frightfulness of the Christian religion...if the concept of a father who plots to have his own son put to death is presented to children as beautiful and worthy of society's admiration, what types of human behavior can be presented to them as reprehensible?"

-Ruth Hurmence Green 

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 7:32pm

All good ones!

Comment by Gary S on October 11, 2017 at 7:28pm

I like that one Bertold. It also made me think of this one:

The Bible is not a moral guide. Any man who follows faithfully all its teachings is an enemy of society and  will probably end his days in a prison or an asylum.

- Robert Ingersoll

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 6:01pm

This was just on our news the other night.....quite impressive, we thought.

https://globalnews.ca/news/3784330/sooke-home-lego-green-fireproof/

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2017 at 5:41pm

"Cities are not immortal. Economics and wars can kill them, but so can storms and fires. That’s especially true if cities aren’t built to resist—if cities are built in ways that make the change worse instead of fighting it.

"So keep thinking about blame as northern California rebuilds—if regulations get brave enough to insist on denser cities, less flammable materials, different ornamental vegetation, underground power lines. The risk of fire will never be zero, but everyone knows what would knock a few points off. Whether anyone will make those changes—well, the red wind makes people do crazy things."

Adam Rogers 

Living in the forest, as we do, and learning how to prevent fires as well as fight them, we look to non-flammable building materials and ornamental vegetation and designs that resist spread of flames to homes. That is the price we pay for living in a forest. 

With the trees of this forest under stress from lack of moisture and soils under the forests dried out, the forests, its undergrowth, and the soils act as kindling to spreading flames. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 11, 2017 at 4:14pm

"It has already been a fire season and a hurricane season that are, as researchers say, consistent with models of a changing climate.

Adam Rogers

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 1:38pm

That also reminds me of scump, Loren.

 

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