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.

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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 Plinius on September 5, 2019 at 2:43am

Animals run no risk of going to hell, they are already there. - Victor Hugo

Comment by Plinius on September 5, 2019 at 1:05am

That's sound proof!

Comment by Patricia on September 4, 2019 at 1:00pm

Comment by Loren Miller on September 4, 2019 at 5:45am

I just LOVE how ol' Mr. Clemons breaks it down!

Comment by Loren Miller on September 3, 2019 at 6:44am

If I could stop a man from raping a child, I would. That's the difference between me and your God.
-- Tracie Harris

Ms. Harris has been a powerful contributor to The Atheist Experience for as long as I can remember, and the quote cited above is one example among many of her clear understanding of the difference between biblcal and human morality. Would that believers could see that difference.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 2, 2019 at 5:30pm

Much as I deplore the policies and practices of the U.S. even from the Founding Parents who supported slavery and accepted the second class citizenship of women, I believe in the principles upon which our nation was founded. I do not like the effects of nationalism and loyalty to a broken "nation of strangers*," even as I would like to escape to New Zealand or Costa Rica. 

Running from a problem proved to be a wise decision when I fled an abusive marriage; running from Trumpism, racism, and nationalism does not hold a promise of an improved environment in which to live. 

Therefore, I have to choose how I am to live and thrive in this chaotic nightmare. 

1.)  I can hide in my room deep in the forest;

2.) I can cry, whine, moan, complain the rest of my life;

3.) I can write and speak in favor of a nation that is honorable, in my opinion; 

4.) I can find representatives who advocate for issues important to me; 

5.) I can get out the vote by supporting and encouraging voters to take action; 

6.) I can 

There are things I can do and am doing. 

Comment by Loren Miller on September 2, 2019 at 3:48pm

Ruth, I still think the US is the place to be.  The problem is that a certain segment of the population and their reaction to the presence of a clueless nitwit who is currently serving as president.  I will stipulate that getting rid of the nitwit won't solve the problem, but it's a first step among many on the way to a solution.

In a lot of ways, the US is still right and should be kept right.  In those area where it isn't, as Schurz said, we need to SET IT RIGHT.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 2, 2019 at 3:36pm

Loren, I'm increasingly ashamed of "my country" and long for a new world order capable of holding global corporations to account and coordinating planet-wide sustainability policies. So, maybe I'm not patriotic in Carl Schurz's sense. Nation states seem increasingly obsolete in the face of technological change and climate destabilization.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 2, 2019 at 7:40am

My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
-- Carl Schurz

The above was mentioned during an op-ed on CBS Sunday Morning and gives a far better expression to the true nature of patriotism than what I see lately in the GOP and the White House. Then again, they are less interested in patriotism than they are in totalitarianism.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 2, 2019 at 7:38am

The bible, put bluntly, is a 10-point cluster-fuck, a hodge-podge of different authors, throwing their $0.02 worth, with damned poor (if any) editing and worse continuity.  What made it work was its religion's endorsement by Constantine and its self-arrogated authority among the poorly educated masses, an authority which is slowly but surely breaking down ... and thank the FSM for that!

 

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