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

"If Right Doesn't Matter, We're Lost." (Adam Schiff)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 1. 3 Replies

This is a bit rushed, but I wanted to post Adam Schiff's closing statement to the impeachment trial on 24 January 2020.  This is potent stuff, and it speaks to Schiff's integrity and determination to…Continue

Tags: statement, impeachment, Adam Schiff

On authority, obedience, and "liberal" vs. "conservative" values

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 18, 2019. 2 Replies

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

The Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 4, 2019. 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, 2019. 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

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Comment by Grinning Cat on May 14, 2019 at 5:45pm

What the lamentably late Christopher Hitchens said about Jerry Falwell applies to Trump as well: "if you gave [him] an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox."

But Trump is not an outlier, but rather a symptom and a culmination:

"Watching Donald Trump’s rise, I’ve had a strange feeling. It’s not just that he’s applying shock politics to the most powerful and heavily armed nation on earth; it’s more than that. In books, documentary films and investigative reporting, I have documented a range of trends: the rise of superbrands, the expanding power of private wealth over the political system, the global imposition of neoliberalism, often using racism and fear of the “other” as a potent tool, the damaging impacts of corporate free trade, and the deep hold that climate change denial has taken on the right side of the political spectrum. And as I began to research Trump, he started to seem to me like Frankenstein’s monster, sewn together out of the body parts of all of these and many other dangerous trends."

("Naomi Klein: Now let's fight back against the politics of fear", The Guardian)

Comment by Patricia on May 14, 2019 at 12:23pm

I want to see that jerk brought down sooooooo badly...….

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2019 at 10:47am

"The farms future lies in poop!"

~ Simeon, The Swedish Homestead

Comment by Loren Miller on May 14, 2019 at 5:09am

America, the land where a 4 week old fetus is a person but a 5 year old Guatemalan child is not.
-- "Osiris Malkovich" of YouTube

This is the brand of ignominy which the Trump administration has brought to this country. The saddest part of this attitude is that it is found as much in those who support Trump as it is in the man himself and his policies, and they would see nothing wrong with the above quote .... if they bothered to read.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 13, 2019 at 3:01pm

Great Matt Dillahunty quote, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 13, 2019 at 5:09am

Your god isn't real. He's not moral. The Bible isn't moral. Islam isn't moral. None of these religious systems— anything that deteriorates the value of human beings, anything that hangs on to Bronze Age ideals about genocide and slavery and murder and deference to higher powers. None of those things are moral. We've graduated beyond that, and I'm sorry that we've had to drag religions kicking and screaming into the 21st century, but some of you gotta let this stuff go. You're not gonna get anywhere until you realize that it's OK not to be afraid. It's OK to say, "you know, I think slavery is wrong. I think slavery was probably always wrong. I think that you're a good person, and yeah it does sound like a crappy system."
-- Matt Dillahunty

We've all heard that line: "God's ways aren't our ways." Question: why would we even want to associate with a god who is as blatantly immoral as the bible makes him out to be?  Our ways ARE moral, because they take into account the sensibilities of human beings, along with our humanity, our diversity, and our fallibility.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 13, 2019 at 12:29am

Hear, hear, Loren! (The empowerment of women... and a world in which "every mother is a willing mother, every child a wanted child" -- with women able to [yes, it needs to be openly, powerfully, and joyfully said!] have sex, relationships, and marriage without giving up the power to decide whether and when to have children.)

Joan and Patricia, you reminded me of some Humanistic Jews' practice of using almost the traditional Jewish blessing before a meal, elegantly edited to remove the invisible middleman and give thanks to the people who deserve it: "Blessed are they who bring forth bread from the earth."

Comment by Loren Miller on May 12, 2019 at 6:46am

MT [Mother Teresa] was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.
― Christopher Hitchens

I posted this quote back in January of this year, but in light of Mother's Day, I thought it was appropriate to restate Hitchens' thoughts regarding the importance of women and their critical role in eliminating poverty in the world, a role which has sadly gone unrealized in too much of it.

To every mom here on A|N and everywhere else: A Very Happy Mother's Day!

Comment by Patricia on May 11, 2019 at 2:55pm

No, we don't either.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2019 at 2:48pm

Tell Rick I AGREE! I don't see, hear, taste, smell, feel god sweating out there in the 70°F heat, nor do I experience any such power as I relax with a nice cold glass of water, sitting in the shade of a tree, listening to birds and squirrels. 


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