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

"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

"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.

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Comment by Patricia on January 15, 2019 at 1:25pm

And we serve them willingly.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 15, 2019 at 5:38am

Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.
-- Christopher Hitchens

Considering the recent conversation here, I thought the above was appropriate.

Comment by Patricia on January 15, 2019 at 1:14am

Yes.

Comment by Plinius on January 15, 2019 at 12:16am

and our cats lower our stress levels and blood pressure...

Comment by Patricia on January 14, 2019 at 6:04pm

My cats listen & talk back.

Comment by Patricia on January 14, 2019 at 6:03pm

Not to mention a horse has personality!

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 14, 2019 at 6:01pm

Joan, I'm glad you're finding funny and thought-provoking things here!

On "I'll pray for you", here's a retort I haven't heard used in real life:

You'll pray for me? Great! I'll talk to my cat for you! Expect the same results.

(Though talking to a cat, without a god in the picture, might actually do more to predispose a person to do something to help!)

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 14, 2019 at 5:50pm

A much better candidate for "stable genius":

A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to a horse, of course,
That is, of course, unless the horse

Is the famous Mr. Ed.

Comment by Patricia on January 14, 2019 at 3:54pm

He's a stable genius who knows everything, is always right, & can do no wrong, so lessons would never be in his vocabulary.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 14, 2019 at 3:32pm

Bertold, do you supposed we tell dear Donnie about Dunning and Kruger and their little hypothesis?

 

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