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 Loren Miller on September 23, 2019 at 5:54am

I do not believe in God. It seems to me that theists of all kinds have very largely failed to make their concept of a deity intelligible; and to the extent that they have made it intelligible, they have given us no reason to think that anything answers to it.
-- A.J. Ayer

With you 100%, A.J.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 22, 2019 at 6:44am

Not only is there no god, but try getting a plumber on weekends.
-- Woody Allen

And if you DO get one, you pay time-and-a-half! OUCH! [giggle!]

Comment by Loren Miller on September 21, 2019 at 5:45am

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
-- Isaac Asimov "The “Threat” of Creationism"

"God did it." There is a three-word surrender if ever I heard it. It demonstrates a remarkable dearth of curiosity or any desire to have a deeper understanding of the workings of this world. Yet in the 21st century, we have so much of it that the planet itself is in serious danger of becoming hostile to us because of us. We never could afford that simplistic surrender, and now, the price is even higher.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 20, 2019 at 6:04am

Hope ain't a tactic, Don.
-- Chief Engineering Tech Mike Williams, to BP rep Don Vidrine, Deepwater Horizon

Back in my college days, my Psychology of Personality professor once opined that: "Hope is a liar." I agreed with him then and four-plus decades haven't changed my attitude. Hope without action is impotent and useless.  And I can't help but notice that all the hope on this planet hasn't brought Jesus back or changed the status of any of those hoping for his return and/or better times.  A person can either ACT to improve that status or nothing happens.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 19, 2019 at 7:00am

The idea that things must have a beginning is really due to the poverty of our imagination.
-- Bertrand Russell, Why I Am Not a Christian

Ah, but evangelical Christians are notorious for trying to suppress imagination, in themselves and in their kids, and their fascination with the Kalam Cosmological Argument approaches obsessiveness. Think outside the box, anyone?

Comment by Loren Miller on September 18, 2019 at 6:52am

Something is fundamentally wrong with an organization which has to use coercion and force rather than argument and evidence to maintain its control.
-- me, on the Catholic Church

The scary thing is: the same can be said of any Dominionist organization, and too many evangelical / fundamentalist churches. You can throw Islam in there, too. I won't mind.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 17, 2019 at 9:52am

What are 26 bishops doing in our legislature, making us the only democracy with a theocratic element? True, the men in frocks don’t look out of place in the whole creaking edifice of the House of Lords. But the high number of religious members of both houses is wildly out of kilter with the wider population.
-- Polly Toynbee, columnist, The Guardian

And this is in a country which is at least ostensibly FAR more secular than the US is, yet they maintain this old and antiquated tradition, apparently purely out of force of habit. At least we're not the only screwy ones out there!

Comment by Loren Miller on September 16, 2019 at 5:20am

You don't have the right to hold somebody accountable for standards you refuse to apply to yourself.
-- Stephen A. Smith

Sound familiar? Sure does to me. You listening, GOP???

Comment by Loren Miller on September 16, 2019 at 5:15am

I am in total agreement with AOC's statement, Joan.  Complicity with Trump and his corruption will carry a price tag, and a HIGH one at that.  My guess is that most of the Republicans in the Senate and House won't be able to meet that price.

Thing is, that will set off another series of problems, not as serious as Trump, but serious enough.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2019 at 10:55pm
"I want to see every Republican go on the record and knowingly vote against impeachment of this president, knowing his corruption, having it on the record so that they can have that stain on their careers for the rest of their lives. ~ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
 

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