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 4, 2018 at 6:52am

I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.
-- Socrates

At some levels, I wonder if this is indeed the real process of teaching and learning: the teacher putting information out to the students, who evaluate it and either accept or reject it, depending on their own attitudes and understandings. I suspect that the whole business of the process of transfer of knowledge is something that could be studied endlessly.

As for being made to think, I reflect on the number of times Robert Heinlein made me think with his stories and novels, and I smile at the truth of Socrates' statement.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 3, 2018 at 6:43pm

Good point in your Galbraith quote, Bertold.

 “It is time we consider the implications of it being too late to avert a global environmental catastrophe in the lifetimes of people alive today.” Professor Jem Bendell

Comment by Patricia on November 3, 2018 at 2:16pm

Such a surprise, huh? Hahahaha.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 3, 2018 at 1:16pm

NAWWW, couldn't be! [grin!]

Comment by Patricia on November 3, 2018 at 1:13pm

Hmmmm…... almost like praying doesn't work?

Comment by Loren Miller on November 3, 2018 at 5:59am

The preacher said a prayer:
"Save every single hair on his head."
He's dead.

-- Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, "Tarkus"

Don't you just hate it when it happens? It's like the preacher lost his mojo ... or maybe he never HAD it in the first place!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2018 at 2:02pm

“If a corrupt leader is difficult to remove, a corrupt system is even more so.”

Excerpt From: Michael G. Merhige. “Thoughtful Pauses: A Political Philosophy.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/thoughtful-pauses-a-political-phil...

Comment by Loren Miller on November 2, 2018 at 6:04am

To an even moderately sophisticated and well-read person it should come as no surprise that any religion at all has its hidden as well as its obvious beauties and is capable of profound and impressive interpretations. What is deeply objectionable about most of these interpretations is that they allow the believer to say Yes while evading any No.
― Walter Kaufmann

In other words, those "interpretations" allow religion to obfuscate and avoid hard truths of the world it either doesn't want to acknowledge or outright lies in its holy book it wants to dismiss.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 1, 2018 at 7:14am

... Don't apologize for being you.  You are not on this earth to keep other people comfortable.  You are not on this earth to keep everybody else comfortable.  Be you at the volume you choose for the reasons you choose.  It is a wonderful, beautiful, and I think necessary thing.
-- Seth Andrews

Seminal, fundamental advice which, knowing Seth, comes directly from his own experience ... and I can't help but think that, if more people followed just this adage, the world would be a happier place.

Comment by Patricia on October 31, 2018 at 1:04pm



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