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 Joan Denoo on May 11, 2019 at 2:48pm

Tell Rick I AGREE! I don't see, hear, taste, smell, feel god sweating out there in the 70°F heat, nor do I experience any such power as I relax with a nice cold glass of water, sitting in the shade of a tree, listening to birds and squirrels. 

Comment by Patricia on May 11, 2019 at 1:16pm

As Rick says when his garden produces food...."It isn't any gawd who works its fingers to the bone with prepping soil, planting, weeding, watering, tending the garden."

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2019 at 11:17am

Oh! Yes! I agree, Loren, tolerating evil implies agreement! This is one of the major roadblocks to ending family violence. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2019 at 11:12am

The tradition of prayer before a meal places the gratitude attitude on god and not on the people who grew, supplied the products through the markets, and who prepared the meal. I continue to acknowledge these factors at family gatherings. God has nothing to do with the process.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 11, 2019 at 6:08am

"We do this because our religion tells us to do this. We prioritize this over our bodily integrity, our health, and possibly even our lives, or the lives of our children. We don't think about it; we don't question it. We just do it."

This is the language of sheep.
-- me, commenting on circumcision

Thing is, the topic could be as bad as circumcision or female genital mutilation or as banal as fish on Friday and prayers before meals. Believers do these things because their religion has them so hoodwinked that they've fallen in lockstep behind it, not wondering, not questioning, and definitely not skeptical.

It's not just the language of sheep, it's the behavior of sheep.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 10, 2019 at 5:55am

Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.
-- Thomas Mann

I am in full agreement, whether this phrase is applied to religions which want to dominate the social landscape or political philosophies which want to insist that THEY are the only way to success ... or some schmuck with a bad comb-over who says, "I alone can fix it."

Comment by Loren Miller on May 9, 2019 at 5:38am

I may grow rich by an art I am compelled to follow; I may recover health by medicines I am compelled to take against my own judgment; but I cannot be saved by a worship I disbelieve and abhor.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Because the art and the medicines actually EXIST. Worshiping a non-existent god does nothing because there is no god to act or respond. Belief may give rise to the placebo effect, but disbelief and abhorrence are certainly not going to help matters.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2019 at 1:46am

”Don’t bail; the best gold is at the bottom of barrels of crap!”

~ Randy Pausch, ”Last Lecture!” Carnegie Mellon Professor, Oct. 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008. gave his last lecture at the university on Sept. 18, 2007, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams."

Comment by Loren Miller on May 8, 2019 at 5:17am

To a coward, courage always looks like stupidity.
-- Bill Maher

Say what you want about Bill Maher; here, HE NAILS IT. If a coward could face an untoward situation, confront it and take action against it, he wouldn't be a coward. In this case, Maher was referring to the threat of Islam and how too many people shrink away from that threat or use PC excuses to try to justify their attitude.

Islam needs to be confronted, as surely as Christianity, Judaism, or any religion that acts out irrationally against those who don't believe should be. Whether it's jihad, attacks on abortion clinics, or the treatment of Palestinians, those behaviors need to be called out and STOPPED.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 8, 2019 at 5:04am

Ruth, if any such religion ever does assert itself, it should have a simple name:



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