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

Basket Ball Head Coach Gregg Popovich Scolds Donald Trump (from Yahoo Sports and Google)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith on Tuesday. 1 Reply

Gregg Charles Popovich is an American professional basketball coach and general manager. He is the head coach and President of the San Antonio Spurs, of the National Basketball Association [per…Continue

Tags: Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump, Gregg Popovich

Ten things that explain the incredible power of Moore's Law

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman May 4. 3 Replies

"Moore’s Law, which states that the number of transistors per integrated circuit will double approximately every 18-24 months, has become the defining metaphor of the modern technological age. As a…Continue

Tags: shrinking, smartphone, performance, innovation, level

have dominion over the fish of the sea, & over the fowl of the air, & over every living thing

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius May 2. 1 Reply

Genesis 1:28"Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon…Continue

Tags: shrivel, consequence, loss, abandon, exploit

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

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Comment by Loren Miller on April 20, 2020 at 5:23am

And that brings me to the final objection - I'll condense it, Dr. Orlafsky - which is, this is a totalitarian system. If there was a God who could do these things and demand these things of us, and he was eternal and unchanging, we'd be living under a dictatorship from which there is no appeal, and one that can never change and one that knows our thoughts and can convict us of thought crime, and condemn us to eternal punishment for actions that we are condemned in advance to be taking. All this in the round, and I could say more, it's an excellent thing that we have absolutely no reason to believe any of it to be true.
-- Christopher Hitchens

Living under a god that could be construed as a benevolent despot would be one thing, but if the history of Yahweh as recorded in the bible is to be believed, there is very little "benevolence" to be found in that character as I understand it, and I would want to have nothing to do with such a rule under such a dictator.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 19, 2020 at 7:46am

I am now convinced that children should not be subjected to the frightfulness of the Christian religion [...]. If the concept of a father who plots to have his own son put to death is presented to children as beautiful and as worthy of society's admiration, what types of human behavior can be presented to them as reprehensible?
— Ruth Hurmence Green, The Born Again Skeptic's Guide To The Bible

As I cited Steve Shives as saying some time back, the bible wants us to look at its evil and call it good. I simply WON'T, and I doubt anyone else around here will, either.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2020 at 4:55am

"with religion pointing the way, we can feel confident in our choice to picket our children's elementary school when we find out the art teacher is gay."

Or own slaves without feelings of compassion or guilt. 

Or treat women and children as chattel, even having the power of life and death over them.

Or colonize other people/nations, taking the wealth from them leaving them in acute and chronic states of poverty.

Or killing those who do not adhere to their particular beliefs and values.

Or telling lies when it suits their purpose.

Or supporting white supremacy without a shred of evidence to support their claims.

Or scaring the bejeezus our of those unable or unwilling to think critically.

Or making empty promises when it serves their purposes.

Or raising females to think and act in a prescribed way that insures their dependence, even when adults. 

Or raising males to think and act as having the right to dominate others, men or women, white, or of another race. 

Or thinking in terms of race at all. Whatever happened to the notion that Homo sapiens are humans, evolved over eons of centuries from a common source. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 18, 2020 at 8:36am

Religion forces every individual to take responsibility. Specifically, take it away from yourself and give it to God. If we had to be accountable for every one of our actions, we'd be crippled with indecision. But with religion pointing the way, we can feel confident in our choice to picket our children's elementary school when we find out the art teacher is gay.
-- Stephen Colbert

I'm fairly certain that Colbert is NOT an atheist, yet his statement here is remarkable for its ironic take on religion's attitude toward alternative sexuality. I have to wonder if Stephen's position on the matter is evolving.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 17, 2020 at 8:23am

“You mean it was all a test or something? Like Job?”


...“Uh, why not? It’s in the Bible.”

...“Of all the foul, disgusting, loathsome, pernicious slanders ever perpetrated by the minds of men, that has got to be the worst—closely followed by the sacrifice of Isaac, I might add.”

--from Polly!: A comic novel of hope and blasphemy by Stephen Goldin (ellipses mine, to avoid spoilers)

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 17, 2020 at 8:19am

R'amen, Loren!

“But I’m forgiven! You died on the cross for the world’s sins! I believe in You! JESUS SAVES!” “THAT’S ABSURD! Why would I need to sacrifice Myself to Myself to allow Me to change a rule... I MADE MYSELF!?!”

--from "Dead to Rights" by James Huber, a parody of the Chick tract "Last Rites"

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 17, 2020 at 8:14am

“Love only works between equals. You and I could no more share love than you could with a squirrel you found in the park. You might think it’s cute; you might laugh at its clever antics; you might decide to feed it regularly, or even take it home and make it your pet. The squirrel might become dependent on you and look forward to seeing you. But ‘love’? Not by any reasonable sense of the word. Besides, love can lead to jealousy. Despite the rumors, I think jealousy is a hideous emotion; it’s a disguise for entropy. There’s a reason it ends with ‘lousy.’”
--from Polly!: A comic novel of hope and blasphemy by Stephen Goldin

(See his note at "Nexus Book Club")

Comment by Loren Miller on April 17, 2020 at 6:11am

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him will believeth in anything. - Hitchens 3:16
-- Christopher Hitchens

To which I say an emphatic R'amen!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2020 at 2:53pm

Loren, powerful quotes of Harris, Voltaire, and Dawkins. I especially like, 

"Your need to believe a thing is not a reason for the existence of that thing."

Comment by Patricia on April 16, 2020 at 12:24pm



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