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

The Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 4. 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. 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on June 3, 2019 at 5:35pm

Sorry to say, but Groucho isn't available. Christopher Hitchens can't be reached, either, and both their inputs would be greatly appreciated, especially on such a topic.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2019 at 2:27pm

Patricia, yes, let's hear it!

Comment by Patricia on June 3, 2019 at 1:12pm

Would like to hear what Marx would be saying today.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 3, 2019 at 6:11am

A fool and his money are soon elected.
-- Groucho Marx

Yeah ... [he shakes his head ruefully] they sure were, weren't they?

Comment by Loren Miller on June 2, 2019 at 8:30am

To act morally is not to act out of fear of punishment; it is not to act as one is commanded to act. Rather, it is to act as one ought to act. And how one ought to act is not dependent upon anyone's power, even if the power be Divine.
-- Steven M. Cahn

Mr. Cahn, allow me to introduce you to this gentleman:

If it takes the threat of hell to make you a moral person, then you are not at all moral, you are just a coward who responds well to threats.
-- Leo Wolf

Comment by Patricia on June 1, 2019 at 1:07pm

I'm too damn nosy, I want to know.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 1, 2019 at 6:42am

... christianity despises knowledge, science and reason and glorifies ignorance, myth and superstition.
-- John Aultman

Simple, to the point, and very, very true.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 31, 2019 at 6:19am

Christianity as preached by the likes of Carl Gallups is not about hating the evil and loving the good. It's about loving the evil and calling it good.
-- Steve Shives

This scathing observation was made in the penultimate video in Steve's series examining Carl Gallups' book, The Magic Man in the Sky. Considering an approach which utterly fails to reckon with the atheist's point of view regarding the bible and Christianity, Gallups deserves all the flagelating he gets here. His god IS evil, demonstrably so, and it deserves the excoriation it gets at Shives' hands.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 30, 2019 at 6:03am

Islamophobia is a word created by fascists, and used by cowards, to manipulate morons.
-- Andrew Cummins

I love it: blunt and accurate and completely descriptive of those who use that spurious term.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2019 at 11:41am

Loren, I see that Bertold is no longer a member of A/N. Do you have any idea why he left? I liked his comments very much and wish him well. 


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