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

The core of permaculture is design.

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 5. 0 Replies

"The core of permaculture is design. Design is the connection between things. It’s the very opposite of what we’re taught in school. Education takes everything and pulls it apart and makes no…Continue

Tags: connection, design, permaculture

"If Right Doesn't Matter, We're Lost." (Adam Schiff)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 1. 3 Replies

This is a bit rushed, but I wanted to post Adam Schiff's closing statement to the impeachment trial on 24 January 2020.  This is potent stuff, and it speaks to Schiff's integrity and determination to…Continue

Tags: statement, impeachment, Adam Schiff

On authority, obedience, and "liberal" vs. "conservative" values

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 18, 2019. 2 Replies

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

The Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 4, 2019. 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on February 20, 2020 at 5:55am

To be positive at all times is to ignore all that is important, sacred or valuable. To be negative at all times is to be threatened by ridiculousness and instant discredibility.
-- Kurt Cobain

I've never been a fan of Kurt Cobain or his band, Nirvana ... but the above quote was on the front page of wikiquote.org this morning, and I thought it made an important point ... so here it is.

Comment by Patricia on February 19, 2020 at 1:18pm

And a cuss word.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 19, 2020 at 6:45am

The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.
-- Albert Einstein

Once again, Albert nails it.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 18, 2020 at 5:57am

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
— Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin

This is a significant part of the balance which was established when the United States was founded. Lately and especially with the current administration, that balance has been skewed and badly so, and I think that is one massive mistake.

Comment by Patricia on February 17, 2020 at 12:38pm

Mind boggling.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 17, 2020 at 5:23am

It doesn't seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil - which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama.
-- Richard P. Feynman

Indeed – several quintillion cubic light-years of universe, created so that one species on one minor planet of one unremarkable solar system in one galaxy among billions of other galaxies can be told by some insubstantial yet supposedly omnipotent being not to masturbate? It's exactly as absurd as it sounds.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 16, 2020 at 6:05am

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Does this remind you of another quote that has been popular around Atheist Nexus?  Oh, yeah:

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
-- Voltaire

Comment by Loren Miller on February 15, 2020 at 8:13am

I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that men who do not believe ... will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine.
-- Charles Darwin

No argument from me, Charles.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 14, 2020 at 9:14am

“The president of the United States has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive.”
― Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation

Comment by Loren Miller on February 14, 2020 at 6:06am

Just think about Irish history, the Middle East, the Crusades, the Inquisition, our own abortion-doctor killings and yes, the World Trade Center to see how seriously religious people take thou shalt not kill. Apparently, to religious folks – especially the truly devout – murder is negotiable. It just depends on who's killing doing the killing and who's getting killed.
-- George Carlin, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops

I have learned to love Carlin's unvarnished anger when he gives expression to his hatred of religion. He doesn't hide his feelings ... and we shouldn't hide ours.


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