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 The Flying Atheist on October 9, 2017 at 3:10am
Loren, I love Bukowski poetry. Have you ever heard recordings of him reading his work? He's fantastic.
Comment by Loren Miller on October 8, 2017 at 5:05am

For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
― Charles Bukowski

"... the big answers don't remain stone-written." That's what the believers want, and that's precisely what we won't have: absolutes, especially those which cannot be demonstrated. Either be able to show your work, or go home.

I would not say that I am my own god, but I AM the author of my actions. The responsibility for my own screw-ups and the credit for successes I achieve is solely MINE ... and I can and will take that weight.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 8, 2017 at 4:55am

Great stuff, Gary.  Jerry Coyne is no dummy, either, and it's a pleasure to see him represented here.

Comment by Gary S on October 7, 2017 at 11:34pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 7, 2017 at 6:22pm

Love all the latest quotes.

Comment by Alan Perlman on October 7, 2017 at 3:01pm

Loren, thanks for kind words.  The quote applies to the  New Age cosmologies and "medical" therapies that so fascinated my last wife.  And now, just for fun:

"I find it necessary to wash my hands after I have come into contact with religious people."

Friedrich Nietzsche

Comment by Gary S on October 7, 2017 at 1:42pm

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

- Albert Einstein

Comment by Loren Miller on October 7, 2017 at 6:50am

Inspect every piece of pseudo-science and you will find a security blanket, a thumb to suck, a skirt to hold.
--Isaac Asimov

And all of that because some elements of humankind cannot get themselves shut of the fear of their own demise. They HAVE to continue somehow, and from that we get the entire mess which is religion.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2017 at 10:16pm

"The way to deal with superstition is not to be polite to it, but to tackle it with all arms, and so rout it, cripple it, and make it forever infamous and ridiculous. Is it, perchance, cherished by persons who should know better? Then their folly should be brought out into the light of day, and exhibited there in all its hideousness until they flee from it, hiding their heads in shame."

H.L. MENCKEN, Baltimore Evening Sun, Sep. 14, 1925

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 6, 2017 at 9:53pm

"They were giving me the worst stink-eye ever. Every time I dropped my monocle, I thought they were going to grab it and take it." 

-- Amanda Werner, on sitting next to Equifax employees during congressional hearings while dressed as Rich Uncle Pennybags from the board game Monopoly, in an Elle interview.

 

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