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

"If Right Doesn't Matter, We're Lost." (Adam Schiff)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 1. 3 Replies

This is a bit rushed, but I wanted to post Adam Schiff's closing statement to the impeachment trial on 24 January 2020.  This is potent stuff, and it speaks to Schiff's integrity and determination to…Continue

Tags: statement, impeachment, Adam Schiff

On authority, obedience, and "liberal" vs. "conservative" values

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 18, 2019. 2 Replies

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

The Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 4, 2019. 4 Replies

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been reading Andrew L. Seidel’s excellent book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is UN-AMERICAN. Barely four chapters in, Seidel has already…Continue

Tags: rights, The Founding Myth, Seidel, Andrew

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 31, 2019. 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on November 16, 2017 at 5:50am

The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery.  Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.

The second most preposterous notion is that copulation is inherently sinful.

-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

Bob hit it on the nose here. The issue of worship, of kissing the ass of our creator is the height of absurdity, especially in that a truly all-powerful deity should need ego-stroking about as much as a snake needs shoes. An insecure, narcissistic god, on the other hand, would constantly be demanding positive reinforcement ... like a certain president we all know.

As for the fascination with sex, this one is obvious. Take a natural human activity, castigate it, make it "dirty" or "perverted" in the eyes of your god, then offer forgiveness for such "sins" and you hold your adherents almost literally by their short hairs. Religion deserves every last bit of the kicking it gets for this one as well.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 16, 2017 at 5:20am

Maciej, I remember seeing your quote some years ago and thinking that the hair dryer reference was the perfect touch to illustrate the absurdity of prayer.  It's rather like George Carlin saying he prays to Joe Pesce!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2017 at 12:49am

He who laughs best laughs longest. 

"Laugh on laugh on my freind  (sic)
Hee laugheth best that laugheth to the end."

~ the play Christmas Prince was first performed, at Cambridge, around 1608. This proverb originated in Tudor England but, for once, wasn't coined by Shakespeare. 

Comment by Patricia on November 15, 2017 at 10:44pm

History teaches us that no other cause has brought more death than the word of god.

Giulian Buzila

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 15, 2017 at 10:31pm

The Road To Atheism Is Littered With Bibles That Have Been Read Cover To Cover.

-- Andrew L. Seidel

Comment by Loren Miller on November 15, 2017 at 5:30am

A variation on the above quote was cited by Seth Andrews as a part of a talk he gave to the Florida Humanist Association during FREEFLO 2017.  It cuts to the heart of what religion and particularly fundamentalist religion is all about: FEAR.

Sadly, I'm not aware of the originator of this statement, but there can be no doubt but that he or she utterly NAILED IT.

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 15, 2017 at 2:18am
Joan, thank you for your post on what the Bible shows the way to. The idea of committing your post to memory and using it enthuses me.

BTW, it’s not dark energy, quantum fluctuations, or other imagined stuff that drives the universe. It’s electricity like that inside our cells that does the job.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 14, 2017 at 10:49pm

Bertold,  the statement that "White supremacists are not likely to forget that one of their hatemongers took the presidency. This Trump cancer may be only a few aberrant cells, but it is a permanent feature of our body politic, threatening to metastasize, even if he is deposed" has existed as long as I have been alive. The Black Movement hushed them for a while. We need another leader who could get The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and The Voting Rights Act of 1965 through Congress.

I feel fortunate, indeed to have been a young woman during that era and to have contact with some of the finest organizers I have ever seen or heard. 

The white supremacists quieted down for a few decades but their hate-mongering remained, simmering on a back burner of society until the christians joined the Republicans to form a silent, growing, metastasizing cancer.

I worked to secure civil and voting rights in the 1960s and I observe the dismantling of that mighty effort. I can't do what I did in the '60s and I can rejoin the struggle in new ways. I refuse to be counted out at my age. I guess that is as good a way to live and die as any.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 14, 2017 at 10:31pm

Loren, I don't think the Bible shows the way to anything, other than domination, exploitation, murder, rape, dashing babies' heads against the rock or impaling them with a sword. Galileo Galilei was brave to go that far in his day and age. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 14, 2017 at 10:24pm

I don't know if enlightened self-interest has anything to do with driving the universe, or not. I know there are ideas popping around that seem to hold more promise than human intervention. Furthermore, I know the fate of living matter on the Earth has a lot to do with human intervention. 

“The universe is driven by …”

Oh! That rattles a molecule in my brain that needs scratching. 

1. The universe is driven by dark energy, the theoretical force thought to make up 68 percent of the universe. the universe is filled with dark energy, which is constantly pushing matter further and further away.

2. No! Says another group. The universe is driven by Quantum fluctuation; space is fluctuating wildly, expanding and contracting all the time. However, in these oscillations, there is a very slight difference—meaning it is always expanding slightly more than it is contracting. The result? A universe that is expanding at an ever-accelerating rate.”

~CONTROVERSIAL THEORY SAYS EXPANSION OF UNIVERSE IS DRIVEN BY QUANTU...

BY HANNAH OSBORNE ON 5/16/17

 

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