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 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

"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

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Comment by Loren Miller on February 10, 2019 at 7:02am

If you're reading this...
Congratulations, you're alive.
If that's not something to smile about,
then I don't know what is.

— Chad Sugg

Works for me!

Comment by Loren Miller on February 9, 2019 at 6:54am

It is an absurdity to believe that the deity has human passions, and one of the lowest of human passions, a restless appetite for applause. It is an inconsistency to believe that, since the deity has this human passion, he has not others also: and, in particular, a disregard to the opinions of creatures so much inferior.
-- David Hume

All the more reason to believe that deities are little more than amplified and enhanced humans, invented by humans.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 8, 2019 at 6:03am

We inherited these principles and these freedoms and we here highly resolve that we shall pass them on, as we will pass on an undivided Republic purged of racism and slavery, to our descendants. The popgun discharges of a few pathetic sectarians and crackpot revisionists are negligible, and will be drowned by the mounting chorus that demands: 'Mr Jefferson! BUILD UP THAT WALL'.
-- Christopher Hitchens

I have to say that I suspect Hitchens would be badly disappointed by the activities of the eight years since his death and particularly the last two ... and the attempt to build up an entirely different kind of wall.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 7, 2019 at 7:35am

There is no evidence to suggest that God helps people. There is, however, ample evidence that people can help themselves and each other.
-- Armin Navabi

This is a central point. Not once has Yahweh (or any other god) ever demonstrably stepped in and supplied aid to those who needed it. It is always PEOPLE – HUMAN BEINGS – who roll up their sleeves and face the disaster and do what they can to ameliorate it.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 6, 2019 at 4:48am

It's a meaningless panacea when we invent a god that can do anything and be anything… It serves as an answer to every question and an explanation for nothing.
-- Matt Dillahunty

Saying "goddidit" isn't an explanation; it's a brush-off which amounts to: "Go away, kid; ya bother me."

Comment by Loren Miller on February 5, 2019 at 6:22am

The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions. But there is also, it seems to me, a moment at which democracy must prove its capacity to act. Every man has a right to be heard; but no man has the right to strangle democracy with a single set of vocal chords.
-- Adlai Stevenson II

Gee ... resonance with the current day much?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 4, 2019 at 12:10pm

ROFL, Joan! Fantastic quote by Hunter S. Thompson.

Indeed,Loren. "...those who would steer the ship of state not by a compass, but by the equivalent of reading the entrails of a chicken." So apt.

From David Wallace-Wells:

... we have burned more fossil fuels since the UN established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) than in all of the centuries before – so we have done more damage knowingly than we ever managed in ignorance. That is a horrifying fact. It also means we are engineering our own devastation practically in real time. How much will depend on how we act, how we behave, how we respond. [emphasis mine]

Comment by Loren Miller on February 4, 2019 at 5:34am

If only religion were an opiate. No known narcotic rots the brain so fast.
-- Christopher Hitchens

Sad to say, Hitch, but true...

Comment by Loren Miller on February 4, 2019 at 5:28am

I'll endorse Hunter's attitude wholeheartedly, even if I'm not QUITE so crazy as he was!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2019 at 7:24pm

"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!

~ Hunter S. Thompson

 

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