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

The Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 19, 2019 at 12:22am

Who says being gay or lesbian is a bad thing? Who assumes the authority to make a judgment about a person's sexuality? It is the violation of another's sexuality that is the crime. 

"Biology matters. But we really don't understand how"

~ Rebecca Jordan-Young, Barnard professor, renowned sociomedical scientist, author of Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences. She broke down 13 years of exhaustive analysis on hundreds of studies on sex, gender, and the brain.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 19, 2019 at 12:06am

I Googled to find if gay RC priests left hiding behind their "celibate" lifestyle to create and join GLBTQ groups. I saw no such answer. 

If I were a lesbian, I would not hide behind a false lifestyle; I would claim my status with pride and self-respect. 

Obviously, I don't know about what I am talking! At least I would face the reality of my being. I have no trouble at all being open about not believing in superhuman beings. Others have not liked what I think; it is more important that I speak my truth than to hide it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 18, 2019 at 3:43pm
‘The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.’

-Winston Churchill, House of Commons, 22 October 1945

In his last will and testament, Hitler appointed Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz as the new German leader. But Germany lasted only 7 days longer under the "Flensburg government" of Dönitz. He surrendered unconditionally to the Americans, British, and Soviets on May 8, 1945.
Comment by Loren Miller on February 18, 2019 at 3:13pm

Apparently, Bertold, your quote derives from The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 18, 2019 at 7:02am

You are better than your god. You are better than your religion. So am I, so is damn near everybody on the planet. I wish you people would wake up and see this. Stop apologizing for this! [holds up The Bible] It's not the Good Book, there's nothing good about it. All it does is poison minds. All it does is make you sacrifice your humanity — the only thing that you have that is of any value — in order to sit around in deference to your gods.
-- Matt Dillahunty

No one really ever throws it down with quite so much verve and attitude as Matt Dillahunty does, particularly on The Atheist Experience, when callers attempt to defend their rat-bag god and his antediluvian morals. He is an honest pleasure to watch.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 17, 2019 at 9:02am

When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.
-- Robert M. Pirsig

This to me is the true horror of religion: it allows perfectly decent and sane people to believe by the billions what only lunatics could believe on their own.
-- Sam Harris


Comment by Patricia on February 16, 2019 at 12:33pm

Humiliatingly disgusting.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 16, 2019 at 7:37am

If the ignorance of nature gave birth to such a variety of gods, the knowledge of this nature is calculated to destroy them.
― Paul Henri Thiry d'Holbach

And that is happening, though nowhere near fast enough to suit me!

Comment by Loren Miller on February 16, 2019 at 7:32am

Joan, there is a church, I believe in Spain, with a considerable space in front of the entrance.  The locals get down on their knees at the beginning of that expanse and CRAWL on their knees, praying all the time for deliverance of their sins, all the way to the doors of the church itself.  I've been there; I've seen it.

If what you experienced is child abuse (and it is!), then those Spanish parishioners are involved in an orgy of superimposed guilt and sin.  I can think of few things more despicable.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 16, 2019 at 3:03am

Grinning Cat, when I was a wee little girl, I was often taken to a little white church with a pointed belltower where people kneeled in the pews, imploring god to forgive them their sins. They cried, and wailed, tears running from their eyes, shouts of shame and guilt begging for forgiveness. Why all this fuss, I wondered, when Jesus took our sins away. To illustrate the point, there was a statue of a man hanging from a cross, sweat and blood running down his face from a crown of thorns. The whole situation scared the holy shit out of me. Exposure to that kind of behavior is child abuse. 


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