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


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14. 2 Replies

The word “Permaculture” is the combination of the two words “permanent” and “agriculture.” It is a method of agricultural philosophy that allows gardeners to create and sustain growing food in a way…Continue

Tags: production, shelter, food, permaculture, Mollison

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 10. 5 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

Will McAvoy's Rant: "America Is NOT the World's Greatest Country"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 3 Replies

Aaron Sorkin has a habit of swinging for the fences when he writes political commentary as entertainment for television.  This was first evinced in the network television series, The West Wing, and…Continue

Tags: The Newsroom, Will McAvoy, Aaron Sorkin

Ingersoll Day August 11th

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Aug 12. 2 Replies

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)"When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood…Continue

Tags: fearless, joyous, freedom, Day, agnostic

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Comment by Loren Miller on May 7, 2018 at 7:01am

Thanks a lot, Spud.  I try to put quality out there.  It feels good to know someone else thinks so, too.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 7, 2018 at 6:58am

I like the latest quotes presented by Loren, Bertold, and Joan.  Saving them all.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 7, 2018 at 6:53am

If God wants something from me, he would tell me. He wouldn't leave someone else to do this, as if an infinite being were short on time. And he would certainly not leave fallible, sinful humans to deliver an endless plethora of confused and contradictory messages. God would deliver the message himself, directly, to each and every one of us, and with such clarity as the most brilliant being in the universe could accomplish. We would all hear him out and shout “Eureka!” So obvious and well-demonstrated would his message be. It would be spoken to each of us in exactly those terms we would understand. And we would all agree on what that message was.
-- Richard Carrier

Damn.  About all I can say to that is: "Thank you, Mr. Carrier!"

Comment by Loren Miller on May 6, 2018 at 6:05am

The only true law is that which leads to freedom.
-- Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

I have to say, at least one takeaway from this quote is that there are a whole bunch of laws on the books in need of being repealed!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 5, 2018 at 2:13pm

Bertold, thanks for the Alexandra Rucinski piece. The ideas of the Iowa GOP, faulty and wrong, have a concrete impact on countless women who remember pre-Rope v. Wade days. We, the mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers will be in the streets, if in wheelchairs, in protest. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 5, 2018 at 1:30pm

Comment by Loren Miller on May 5, 2018 at 10:29am

I saw the business of that ridiculous Iowa bill, Bertold, and it pisses me off big-time.  The purpose of it is obvious: to be a mechanism to overturn Roe v Wade, and stare decisis be damned.

Thing is, if something like that should happen, I would expect that the Women's March of 21 January, 2017, would look like a family picnic by comparison with what will hit the streets in response.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 5, 2018 at 10:24am

It’s a feeling I know well because I was raised with it, but I thought finally I was free and in control of my own body. It’s hard to express the raw pain I felt waking up after the “heartbeat” bill passed, knowing the Iowa GOP is writing laws to legislate my body.

They are making laws they have no right to make. They feel entitled to my autonomy in a way that is so familiar to me. This is what religion has done to me almost my entire life. The Iowa Republican legislature is governed by a mindset that seeks ownership of a woman’s body and control over her sexuality.

This isn’t about protecting life. This isn’t about protecting young people. This is not and never has been about real protection. This is about power; it’s about control. No matter what they say, I know why they are doing this, because I have already lived it. Their false ideas about morality are wrong, but they are not only wrong. They are dangerous.

~Alexandra Rucinski

Comment by Loren Miller on May 5, 2018 at 6:48am

Where there is doubt, there is freedom.
 -- Thomas Jefferson

An unusual and perhaps non-intuitive correlation ... but it works!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 4, 2018 at 10:58am


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