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.

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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 Joan Denoo on May 19, 2019 at 5:57pm

Humans: the real threat to life on Earth

"Earth is home to millions of species. Just one dominates it. Us. Our cleverness, our inventiveness, and our activities have modified almost every part of our planet. In fact, we are having a profound impact on it. Indeed, our cleverness, our inventiveness, and our activities are now the drivers of every global problem we face. And every one of these problems is accelerating as we continue to grow towards a global population of 10 billion. In fact, I believe we can rightly call the situation we're in right now an emergency – an unprecedented planetary emergency."

Comment by Loren Miller on May 19, 2019 at 6:33am
Religious belief is without reason and without dignity, and its record is near-universally dreadful.
-- Martin Amis

Not a lot to argue with there!
Comment by Loren Miller on May 18, 2019 at 7:04am

Every account of a higher power that I've seen described, of all religions that I've seen include many statements with regard to the benevolence of that power. When I look at the universe and all the ways the universe wants to kill us, I find it hard to reconcile that with statements of beneficence.
-- Neil DeGrasse Tyson

What a contradiction: a universe that was supposedly designed FOR us, yet 99.9999% of it is utterly and instantly not just hostile but FATAL to us, and with all of that, believers persist in this position. WHYIZZAT?

Comment by Loren Miller on May 17, 2019 at 5:54am

The most overrated of the virtues is faith.
-- Christopher Hitchens

Considering what faith is – belief or acceptance without any substantial form of evidence – I would say that it is not just "overrated" but pernicious and dangerous.  Regardless, Hitchens nails it as he always did.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2019 at 10:46am

Wonderful quote of Arthur C. Clarke, Thanks Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 16, 2019 at 6:07am

Says it all, really.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 15, 2019 at 7:30pm

I embrace the quote of Matt Dillahunty, Loren! It describes exactly what holds people from the enlightenment of new knowledge. I would love to sit and talk with an intelligent person who continues to believe and have faith in the ancient stories of the brutal Homo sapiens evolution and them not getting emotional. 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 15, 2019 at 5:29am

Discoveries happen when people go "off-book," and if weren't for people going off-book, we wouldn't have books of the new discoveries. If all we did was stick with the one book, then Thor would still be slinging lightning, the earth would be flat and fixed and circular, but it's the people who challenged those things that are in a book or went off and said, "Aaaah, I learned some stuff from books, and now I'm gonna go exploring." That's where the new books come from, and the fact that we happen to write it down in a book doesn't mean this is now true. It means this is what we understand, and we represent it. It's not true because it's in a book, and I don't think you think that, except for the one book.
-- Matt Dillahunty, to preacher Israel Rodriguez

Matt makes a very critical point here: that relying on authority and especially a static authority like a book means that No New Discoveries Get Made. It's when we get away from those fixed references and go off on our own that new phenomena can be unearthed and their characteristics may be revealed, analyzed, and better understood. The problem, of course, is that such discoveries are likely to have a tendency to upset or contradict those coming from the aforementioned book, and those who are dedicated to that book don't like that very much.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 15, 2019 at 5:18am

Joan, I've been impressed with that statement of Cory Booker ever since I first ran onto it in August of 2015.  It is that attitude which is essential in asserting and repairing the secular nature of our governments, at the local, state, and federal level, because they have been compromised by those who would insist on inserting their own religion into all of them.  I've had my own brush with State / Church separation and took action, because I thought it was necessary and because religion needs to understand that, while it may have a place in our culture, it has NONE in our government.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 15, 2019 at 2:27am

“Before you speak to me about your religion,
first, show it to me in how you treat other people;
before you tell me how much you love your God,
show me in how much you love all His children;
before you preach to me of your passion for your faith,
teach me about it through your compassion for your neighbors.
In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell
as I am in how you choose to live and give.”

― Cory Booker

 

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