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.

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

Truth

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 Patricia on January 5, 2019 at 12:51pm

That lot is ruining everything, & everyone.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 5, 2019 at 7:01am

No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.
-- Edward R. Murrow

Considering the current situation, I wouldn't say, "all of us," but there is a serious fraction of the US population who are enabling Dolt 45, most significantly one Mitch McConnell. Not to put too fine a point on it, but they're starting to piss me off!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2019 at 4:56pm

"XI.—IN THE NAME OF RELIGION CHARLATANS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE WEAKNESS OF MEN.

Project Gutenberg's Superstition In All Ages (1732), by Jean Meslier

He who from his childhood has had a habit of trembling every time he heard certain words, needs these words, and needs to tremble. In this way he is more disposed to listen to the one who encourages his fears than to the one who would dispel his fears. The superstitious man wants to be afraid; his imagination demands it. It seems that he fears nothing more than having no object to fear. Men are imaginary patients, whom interested charlatans take care to encourage in their weakness, in order to have a market for their remedies. Physicians who order a great number of remedies are more listened to than those who recommend a good regimen, and who leave nature to act."

~ Jean Meslier

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2019 at 4:40pm

Plinius, thank you for the lead to Jean Meslier

"My Testament" by Jean Meslier;

"Project Gutenberg's Superstition In All Ages" (1732), by Jean Meslier

Comment by Loren Miller on January 4, 2019 at 3:53pm

No kidding, Joan! Actions speak louder than words!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2019 at 3:03pm

“Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

~ Jesus, Matthew 16:28 

Promises, promises, promises! 

Trust not to words, pay attention to reality. 

~ Me 

Comment by Loren Miller on January 4, 2019 at 5:47am

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.
-- Carl Sagan

I ran onto this quote the other day and was astonished that I hadn't seen it before, because it is so very correct. Caught, controlled and nurtured by "the bamboozle," it becomes exceptionally difficult to find one's way out of it, because the bamboozle is designed not just to get you but to KEEP you. Pernicious as hell.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2019 at 1:51am

Plinius, well stated: Jean Meslier 1732.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 3, 2019 at 5:01pm

Good point, Joan. Your Chris Hays/David Roberts link would also work well in the No Nonsense group.

Comment by Patricia on January 3, 2019 at 2:07pm

More to him than met the eye at the time methinks.

 

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