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

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 Joan Denoo on February 3, 2019 at 6:24pm

When I was in Turkey and Greece with Marija Gimbutas and Riane Eisler, we sought out ancient temples of the goddesses of the Neolithic Age (New Stone Age). We found evidence of excarnation* (the practice of placing a body on a platform built on sticks so that vultures and other flesh-eating birds, i.e., hawks, eagles, buzzards, harriers, kites, and Old World vultures, osprey, and falcons, cleaned the body of all flesh, In Çatalhöyük, Turkey,  the people placed the cleaned bones  inside benches in their homes.

*Abdullaev, Kazim. (2017). Funerary tradition of the ancient east in examples from anatolia and bactria-margiana: Origins or parallels?. TÜRKİYE BİLİMLER AKADEMİSİ ARKEOLOJİ DERGİSİ. 20. 27-49. 10.22520/tubaar.2017.20.002. 

Incarnation occurred in many native American "Sky Burials,  as well.Aboriginal burial platforms (Gutenberg, via American Indian History)


Comment by Patricia on February 3, 2019 at 1:35pm

Mine will go to the BC university for medical research, & the papers are signed to do so.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 3, 2019 at 12:37pm

Funny you should mention that, Bertold.  I hope that what's left of me when my personal O/S quits working would go to the aid of a maple or an oak ... though I would just as soon that day were a while longer in coming!

Comment by Loren Miller on February 3, 2019 at 6:30am

The hour is getting very late to be able to indulge in having in key decisions made by religious people. By irrationalists, by those who would steer the ship of state not by a compass, but by the equivalent of reading the entrails of a chicken. George Bush prayed a lot about Iraq, but he didn't learn a lot about it.
-- Bill Maher, Religulous

Almost 60 years ago, The Ugly American outlined the ham-handed diplomacy which too often characterized American foreign policy at that time. The very existence of that book helped to correct that approach and improve our relationships with the international community ... right up to the point where George W. Bush was elected president. His born-again certitude effectively returned us to an operational footing based on "I know what I'm doing; don't confuse me with facts." Sadly, with the advent of Trump, we're right back to that playbook yet again.

Comment by Plinius on February 3, 2019 at 12:24am

I couldn't agree more.

Comment by Patricia on February 2, 2019 at 10:29pm

Many of us feel that way.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2019 at 10:17pm

"My anti-Americanism has become almost uncontrollable. It has possessed me, like a disease. It rises up in my throat like acid reflux, that fashionable American sickness. I now loathe the United States and what it has done to Iraq and the rest of the helpless world."

~ Margaret Drabble, The Telegraph, 08 May 2003."I loathe America, and what it has done to the rest of the world."

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2019 at 4:31pm

“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”
Charles Bukowski

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Comment by Plinius on February 2, 2019 at 8:23am

Sure, that's a good one!

Comment by Loren Miller on February 2, 2019 at 6:34am

Equality is not the empirical claim that all groups of humans are interchangeable; it is the moral principle that individuals should not be judged or constrained by the average properties of their group.
-- Steven Pinker

I don't think anyone has cited Steven Pinker here, and it seemed about time he got his due. This is rather a goodie, too, in that it reflects the Heinleinian idea that we're all created UN-equal, but should be TREATED equally.


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