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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 16, 2019 at 10:00pm

Interesting link, thanks Joan.

I think it depends upon the cat. When I was in the hopspital after a surgery and my husband was alone, he had to soon return a kitten. He sat on the sofa and cried. The kitten came up and liked his face. She's never done anything even close to that before.

Comment by Patricia on January 16, 2019 at 5:32pm

Our cats do ''nursing'' duties if we're not well. They just know.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2019 at 5:20pm

Dominic stayed by my side all the while I was sick, he comforted me and made me smile. He demanded nothing in return. During my treatments for cancer, Dominic escorted me into the forest for lovely walks among the fir and cedar. When I went into the greenhouse, he waited until I came out; the gravel in the greenhouse hurt his feet. A walk down the lane to my granddaughter's home provided him companionship as Dominic joins the other animals on L&L Acres. He comes to me when he wants to be let out; he knows how to open the door to come in and doesn't need me to lift the door handle. 

I no longer have a cat and would like one. I can visit my granddaughter and have all the cat-time I want. The felines do not care that I am there, they have more okay things to do. 


Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2019 at 4:29pm

I re-read Grinning Cat’s quote of 9/10/2018 and repeat it here: 

”a Jewish teaching that "God doesn't need prayers; the person praying needs them to know themselves better.”

Thanks, Grinning Cat

Comment by Loren Miller on January 16, 2019 at 1:36pm

No kidding, Patricia.

Comment by Patricia on January 16, 2019 at 1:33pm

I heard a good phrase years ago.....

The more educated we become, the less credible the buybull becomes.....

Comment by Loren Miller on January 16, 2019 at 7:31am

The more we learn and grow, the less religion, its foolishness, and its irrationality make any kind of sense. So of course, religion tries either to reject, minimize, or co-opt science to maintain its control over the people that create and discover ... And in so doing revealed religion as the anachronism that it is.
-- me

Religion USED to rule the roost, until science showed up and started offering alternative explanations for things religion said that its god did. Religion didn't like that, and thus apologetics was born ... Yuk - TOOEY!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 16, 2019 at 7:24am

Interesting character, for sure, and I like Madam Secretary, but that hairdo?!?  Nopenopenopenope!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 15, 2019 at 11:09pm

Bertold, your woman rolling eyes comment is funny, but I don't agree with it. There are emotionally healthy relationships, even among the great. One reason I enjoy the program Madam Secretary is the healthy couples relationship displayed. Also love the Kat Sandoval bi character.

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 15, 2019 at 11:04pm

"Our cats lower our stress levels and blood pressure" well said.


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