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

Aron Ra on Gods, Demons, and the Meaning of Life

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Apr 4. 1 Reply

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


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14, 2018. 2 Replies

The word “Permaculture” is the combination of the two words “permanent” and “agriculture.” It is a method of agricultural philosophy that allows gardeners to create and sustain growing food in a way…Continue

Tags: production, shelter, food, permaculture, Mollison

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 10, 2018. 5 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 Loren Miller 4 hours ago

Objection, evasion, joyous distrust, and love of irony are signs of health; everything absolute belongs to pathology.
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

Believers attempt desperately to find some form of absolute in this reality to hang their hats on, and if they can't find one, they make it up out of whole cloth and call it "Yahweh" or "Jesus." Unfortunately for them, there appears to be no more substance to either of those mirages than there is for a left-handed zindlefinger.

BTW, I would add at least one more line-item to Nietzsche's list: SKEPTICISM.

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

I distrust those who know so well what God wants because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
-- Susan B. Anthony

You know your god is man-made when he hates all the same people you do.
-- from Usenet

Gods always behave like the people who make them.
-- Zora Neale Hurston

I thought this was an interesting trio to post: three different ways of expressing the same concept.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan yesterday

As they say around the Texas Legislature, "If you can’t drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against ‘em anyway, you don’t belong in office."

~Molly Ivins

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Loren, I received and understand your message. Good ideas seem to come in batches. 

Comment by Loren Miller on Wednesday

If you happen to be one of the fretful minority who can do creative work, never force an idea; you'll abort it if you do. Be patient and you'll give birth to it when the time is ripe. Learn to wait.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

It seems I'm up against this little maxim all the time. Being that my muse seems to sleep 23 hours out of the day, I have to catch her during that 60 minute span when she IS awake. Question becomes: just WHEN in the day is that?

Comment by Joan Denoo on Wednesday

"if we’re going to solve climate change, we need to get to near-zero emissions on all the things that drive it—agriculture, electricity, manufacturing, transportation, and buildings."

~ Bill Gates 

Comment by Loren Miller on Tuesday

Well put, Bertold.  Believers essentially LIE to themselves repeatedly until they believe the lie – both tragic and dangerous.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Tuesday

Faith needs to fail to deliver the goods most of the time to attract investment of thought and emotion in it. Faith abhors blasphemy and fears apostasy because these raise those very doubts which the faithful spend so much time suppressing with ritual and prayer. Prayer basically consists of talking yourself into believing something you understand as rationally false and then asking it for the occasional favor.

~Peter J. Carroll

Comment by Loren Miller on Tuesday

It's hard to imagine a more extraordinary claim than that some hidden intelligence created a universe of more than a hundred billion galaxies, each containing more than a hundred billion stars, and then waited more than 13.7 billion years until a planet in a remote corner of a single galaxy evolved an atmosphere sufficiently oxygenated to support life, only to then reveal his existence to an assortment of violent tribal groups before disappearing again.
-- Lawrence M. Krauss

Put that way, the utter absurdity of our reality being put together by some deity who demands attention and worship, yet won't show himself is self-evident.

Comment by Loren Miller on Tuesday

Guys ... PLEASE ... if you're going to go nuts on a single topic or person, as I have said before, create a post!


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