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 Loren Miller on November 24, 2018 at 6:32am

Religions are not about finding truth—they are about defending lies.
-- Bill Flavell, "Why Religions Don't Care About Truth"

Bill Flavell writes for Atheist Alliance International ... and pretty damned well, too.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 24, 2018 at 6:29am

To be blunt, Joan, if "Strange Fruit" doesn't mess with your head, something is wrong with you, IMHO.  It is, perhaps, Billie's most powerful piece.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 24, 2018 at 4:44am

Billie Holiday-Strange fruit- HD

This haunting melody & lyrics hit a spot in me that mere words do not. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 24, 2018 at 4:38am

Thanks, Loren, for

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 24, 2018 at 4:29am

The Declaration’s “We the people” does not mean “We” but means a "self-selected subset of white, wealthy, educated colonists who considered but never got around to repudiating the practice of slavery in the colonies."

~ "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty" (Spurious Quotation)


Comment by Loren Miller on November 23, 2018 at 6:54am

Expertise in one field does not carry over into other fields. But experts often think so. The narrower their field of knowledge the more likely they are to think so.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

Actually this is a practice long in use by the evangelical set. It's why they think that a dentist has standing to hold forth on the topic of evolution in the Texas State Board of Education when he doesn't know fuck-all about it!

Comment by Patricia on November 22, 2018 at 2:05pm

Cringe worthy.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 22, 2018 at 1:53pm

No kidding, Patricia!

Comment by Patricia on November 22, 2018 at 1:35pm

Comment by Loren Miller on November 22, 2018 at 5:45am

No great surprise that Mr. Rushdie puts the concept beautifully.  Thank you, Sir.


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