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

The core of permaculture is design.

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 5. 0 Replies

"The core of permaculture is design. Design is the connection between things. It’s the very opposite of what we’re taught in school. Education takes everything and pulls it apart and makes no…Continue

Tags: connection, design, permaculture

"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

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Comment by Loren Miller on June 24, 2019 at 5:41am

Asking, ‘If there is no God, what is the purpose of life?’ is like asking, ‘If there is no master, whose slave will I be?’ If your purpose of life is to submit as a slave, then your meaning comes from flattering the ego of a person whom you should detest.
-- Dan Barker

For a gentle and soft-spoken man, which Dan Barker is (from my own experience), his criticism of religion can be incredibly pointed and potent. Here is one such example.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 23, 2019 at 7:11am

I think he believes there is a god but doesn't necessarily believe that it matters.
-- Aron Ra, on Donald Trump's alleged Christian faith

Considering how Trump in the past has said, "It's all a game," that he may think that none of it matters should be no surprise at all.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 22, 2019 at 6:20am

When a truth is not given complete freedom, freedom is not complete.
-- Vaclav Havel

The enemy knows our vulnerability. Silence is the end of freedom.
-- Scott Pelley, CBS News, commenting on the attacks on Charlie Hebdo

Closely related statements, IMHO.

Comment by Patricia on June 21, 2019 at 12:28pm

The bow down, kneel down thing.

Comment by Plinius on June 21, 2019 at 10:45am

The don't want to fix you, it never matters how you feel. They just want you dependant and submissive.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 21, 2019 at 10:11am

Precisely so, Chris.  They want you BROKEN so that they can FIX you.

Yuk - TOOEY!

Comment by Plinius on June 21, 2019 at 9:12am

Don't forget that growing up in xtian surroundings destroys your confidence and every good feeling you might have about yourself. You can easily become so scared, misinformed and bullied that you dare not leave the path they wanted you to go.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 21, 2019 at 5:44am

Blacks, as well as women and homosexuals, who say they "love" the bible, truly revere the chains that bind them.
-- Anne Nicol Gaylor

To this day, I don't understand it, either. The bible has been used to enslave blacks, treat women as second-class citizens, and prescribes death for gay men. Why these same people continue to support that atavistic book is beyond me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2019 at 1:59pm

Astrology never appealed to me; I don't know why. Maybe it is because I liked astronomy too much to trivialize it with myths. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2019 at 1:58pm

I had a period of woo-worship; it seemed to give me peace as I attempted to discover a healthy way to live and raise my children. Yes, there were crystals, chakras, vibrations, and a number of the other kinds of woo.  In time, they proved to be inadequate to the tasks I faced. I had to get realistic, stop,  think, and take the time to reason things through to a firm conclusion. 

Religions of any kind and woo included, provided the needed conditions to leave my traditional life and create a positive one. I treasure that time and happily put those memories in the journal of my life onto the shelf with my family genealogy. 

 

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