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 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


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 14 Replies

"APHORISM XXV. He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or Church better than Christianity, and end loving himself better than all."~…Continue

Tags: Truth

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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 31, 2018 at 11:15am

Comment by Loren Miller on October 31, 2018 at 6:16am

Yet another one of those quotes which stands on its own.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2018 at 11:39am

"I was never really ashamed to be Jewish, but I was uneasy at times." Spielberg also said he suffered from acts of anti-Semitic prejudice and bullying: "In high school, I got smacked and kicked around."

Steven Spielberg

~ Steven Spielberg Judaism


Comment by Loren Miller on October 30, 2018 at 5:38am

Seems to me that Spielberg is of Jewish ancestry, and many of them are a hair's breadth away from being atheists as it is.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2018 at 5:34am

My guess, Loren, is that Spielberg has no religion; he imagines the possibilities of humankind. 

Comment by Loren Miller on October 30, 2018 at 5:10am

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
-- Edward R. Murrow

All anyone needs to confirm this statement is to take even a cursory look at the here and now. 'Nuff said.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 29, 2018 at 8:04am

Some people wanted to listen to beliefs over the facts, but the only way you can find the truth is by finding the facts.
-- Steven Spielberg, commenting on The Post

Statements like these make me wonder where Mr. Spielberg stands on the issue of religion, being that Aron Ra is recording as saying something very similar!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2018 at 3:25am

I like the concept of mindfulness. Paying attention to the onion as I dice it, or watching the sauce bubble in the cast iron skillet, assembling items for the salad, all this activity to offer my family nourishing and flavorful meals, gives me pleasure.  

I can be mindful of what I do because I want to express my love through the beauty of the food, the delicious tastes they will experience, and being a participant in the family, these fulfill the rhythms of my present life. 

I have my memories of adopting a five-day-old infant and five-months & 13-days later our twins came into this world. Three babies under six months for two weeks! It was a challenging experience. 

The greatest achievement of my life was breaking the cycle of family violence that was part of our culture for generations. Learning new ways of communication, and healthy ways to express myself, and to actively listen to what others needed or wanted, and being able to say, "No" when appropriate all contributed to our change.  

Raising my children to adulthood, returning to school and getting an excellent education and building a new career, stumbling into my "Generative years" all required skills I did not learn at home from my parents or culture. The turn around to creating a new lifestyle for our little family was like turning a battleship under fire, thankfully, we all survived.

Being mindful of the time, place and situation of my present circumstances, I can build on memories, dream of the possibilities for a better life, and work toward those ends. 

Because I realize the future generations will face challenges beyond my imagination, I feel the only thing I can do that will not kill their spirit is to model for them living a happy life without recognition or privilege. 

Comment by Loren Miller on October 28, 2018 at 12:27pm

Ruth, as I commented on the original video:

Acknowledge the past.
Plan for the future.
But most of all, EMBRACE NOW.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 28, 2018 at 10:48am

Sam Harris emphasizes present sensory input, mindfulness, to frame personal satisfaction, presenting it as the antithesis of wasting time on trivia. I find more meaning in connecting to the future of humanity, constructing a better sustainable civilization. To me our reinvention, in the present, is far more important than enjoying my immediate surroundings.


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