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


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14. 2 Replies

The word “Permaculture” is the combination of the two words “permanent” and “agriculture.” It is a method of agricultural philosophy that allows gardeners to create and sustain growing food in a way…Continue

Tags: production, shelter, food, permaculture, Mollison

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 10. 5 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

Will McAvoy's Rant: "America Is NOT the World's Greatest Country"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 3 Replies

Aaron Sorkin has a habit of swinging for the fences when he writes political commentary as entertainment for television.  This was first evinced in the network television series, The West Wing, and…Continue

Tags: The Newsroom, Will McAvoy, Aaron Sorkin

Ingersoll Day August 11th

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Aug 12. 2 Replies

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)"When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood…Continue

Tags: fearless, joyous, freedom, Day, agnostic

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Comment by Loren Miller on June 9, 2018 at 5:44am

Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation; all of which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, even if religion vanished; but religious superstition dismounts all these and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men.
-- Francis Bacon

Shall we also mention that the "morality" the bible inflicts on us isn't very bloody moral?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2018 at 5:31pm

"She was trying to get rid of a religious hangover."
Simone de Beauvoir

Comment by Loren Miller on June 8, 2018 at 5:16am

By Hays' reasoning, penetrating a rectum with a penis is a violation of how God meant humans to function. However, penetrating a human body with a sword, a common way to kill people in biblical times, is acceptable. Apparently human bodies were designed to be penetrated by metal implements, but not by flesh.
-- Hector Avalos

Problem is, with all that flesh-penetrating and the pleasure that accompanies it, that could take the participants' minds off of that make-believe deity, and the local shaman can't have that!

Comment by Patricia on June 7, 2018 at 1:15pm

Comment by Loren Miller on June 7, 2018 at 5:01am

Everyone in the civilized world has roughly agreed, including the majority of Arabs and Jews, that there should be enough room for two states for two peoples in the same land.  Why can’t they get it?  Because the parties of god have a veto on it.  Everybody knows that this is true.  Because of the divine promises made about this territory, there will never be peace, there will never be compromise.  There will instead be misery, shame, and tyranny.  People will kill each other’s children for ancient books and caves and relics. [emphasis mine]
-- Christopher Hitchens

This may be the worst way in that "religion poisons everything," as Hitchens asserted: the unmodifiability and intractability of its holy books.  Yahweh supposedly gave some land to the Israelites; therefore it is inarguably theirs in perpetuity.  And over two millennia later, the Arabs and the Jews are still at it.

How sad is that?

Comment by Loren Miller on June 7, 2018 at 4:54am

@Joan I say again: wow ... just wow.

@Bertold Ain't that just a hell of a note?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 7, 2018 at 1:21am
Hatred is the most accessible and comprehensive of all unifying agents.

~Eric Hoffer

An enemy unifies a nation more than anything else, whether he exists in fact or in fantasy.

~Gary Lachman
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2018 at 2:52pm

The New Republic,

"The Seymour Hersh Weekly" by Josephine Livingstone, 

June 1, 2018

In 1974, Hersh heard that “Nixon’s wife Pat was in a hospital after being punched by her husband. It was not an isolated occasion."

He did not report on the story, “because it represented “a merging of private life and public life. Nixon didn’t make policy decisions because of his bad marriage, went the argument.

Hersh was ‘taken aback’ by the response from women fellows, who pointed out that he had heard of a crime and not reported it. 

“All I could say, is that at the time I did not—in my ignorance—view the incident as a crime.”

Hersh opened his new book “observing his oversight in categorizing domestic violence as a crime must be recorded as a failing of that age

I wonder how life would have been for today's women and men if domestic violence had been perceived as a crime of assault in my grandparent's time?

Comment by Patricia on June 6, 2018 at 2:50pm

Aron Ra is terrific!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 6, 2018 at 5:09am

I am atheist because truth matters more than whatever I want to believe, because only accurate information has practical application.
-- Aron Ra

As an engineer and therefore a pragmatist, my response is simple: HEAR-HEAR!!!


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