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

Ten things that explain the incredible power of Moore's Law

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman May 4. 3 Replies

"Moore’s Law, which states that the number of transistors per integrated circuit will double approximately every 18-24 months, has become the defining metaphor of the modern technological age. As a…Continue

Tags: shrinking, smartphone, performance, innovation, level

have dominion over the fish of the sea, & over the fowl of the air, & over every living thing

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius May 2. 1 Reply

Genesis 1:28"Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon…Continue

Tags: shrivel, consequence, loss, abandon, exploit

The core of permaculture is design.

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 5. 0 Replies

"The core of permaculture is design. Design is the connection between things. It’s the very opposite of what we’re taught in school. Education takes everything and pulls it apart and makes no…Continue

Tags: connection, design, permaculture

"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

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Comment by Loren Miller on October 17, 2017 at 8:16am

The last line of that quote of yours is pure gold, Bertold ... most excellent!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 17, 2017 at 6:45am

All thinking men are atheists.
― Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

Ernest, I'd like you to meet Seth Andrews! Seth, this is Ernest... [chuckle!]

Comment by Gary S on October 16, 2017 at 7:48pm

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.

- Henry David Thoreau

Comment by Loren Miller on October 16, 2017 at 4:39pm

Welcome, Thomas, and thanks for your contribution to the group.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 16, 2017 at 6:41am

All religions bear traces of the fact that they arose during the intellectual immaturity of the human race before it had learned the obligations to speak the truth.  Not one of them makes it the duty of its God to be truthful and understandable in his communications.
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

I posted the above on Daniel's Quotations group back when, and needless to say, its importance hasn't diminished.  There's no sugarcoating the fact: religions LIE to us, and those lies, obfuscations, and vagaries must be called out.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 15, 2017 at 9:33pm

Bertold, I have not read Justin Rosario before. He is one angry dude. I can't go as far as he does as he paints with a broad brush. Not all "born again christians" are "small and petty people filled with hate, greed, bigotry, and ignorance." 

I have known christians and have as friends, kind, generous, magnanimous, individuals. 

I admit that the common, ordinary, thoughtless individuals have revealed their greedy and seedy side. I have known some racist, anti-feminist, classist ministers who led their flock of sheep into terrible places of hate and revenge. 

Painting with a far narrower brush, I can honestly say that belief in a higher power, trusting in ancient mythology, acting like a person with privilege, turns too quickly into the exploitation of individuals and manipulation of their thinking. 

Who benefits by this machination? Indeed, the institution of religion beats the drum for more shekels in the offering bucket. 

The ego of a person dressed in robes standing behind a lectern who needs to feel powerful and wise gets a boost.

Members of the congregation go home feeling virtuous for having read the scriptures, listened to the sermon, put their offering in the plate, and sang the songs of marching soldiers and glorious mansions in the sky. 

Their imperative is to "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

King James Bible

Oh ya! save souls! Teach and preach of the promises and the threats. Earn your jewel in the crown! 

Does that not say everything we need to know: run fast in the other direction!

Comment by Patricia on October 15, 2017 at 1:32pm

Education is what remains when you have forgotten everything that you have been taught.

Comment by Patricia on October 15, 2017 at 1:20pm


Comment by Loren Miller on October 15, 2017 at 6:47am

Why is it that this supposedly almighty god can do anything and know anything, but cannot withstand skepticism? A god that shrinks from a simple question is pathetic and not worthy of recognition, let alone worship.
-- me

It doesn't just "shrink from a question," but from any request for evidence of its existence, which leads me to this:

That which does not manifest is indistinguishable from things that don't exist.
-- Matt Dillahunty

Comment by Loren Miller on October 14, 2017 at 8:26am

A degree of culture, and assuredly a very high one, is attained when man rises above superstitions and religious notions and fears, and, for instance, no longer believes in guardian angels or in original sin, and has also ceased to talk of the salvation of his soul.
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human

Very true, if for no other reason than that none of those phenomena are supported by any objective evidence whatsoever.


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