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 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 October 27, 2019 at 12:53pm

Thanks Loren! (grinning..)

Comment by Loren Miller on October 27, 2019 at 12:42pm

The Left-Handed Zindlefinger is the ultimate expression of Zindiefinger technology.  Right-handed zindlefingers are utter anathema, they're terrible, awful, nasty, and they smell bad!

We won't mention that both are inventions of my demented brain and otherwise don't exist at all!

Comment by Plinius on October 27, 2019 at 8:42am

left-handed zindlefinger - explain it to a left-handed Dutch, Loren?

Comment by Loren Miller on October 27, 2019 at 7:53am

When people say they are atheists they don’t mean they can’t prove that there are no gods. Strictly speaking, it’s impossible to prove that something does not exist. We don’t positively know there are no gods, just as we can’t prove that there are no fairies or pixies or elves or hobgoblins or leprechauns or pink unicorns; just as we can’t prove that Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy don’t exist. There’s a billion things you can imagine and nobody can disprove.
-- Richard Dawkins, Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide

Throw in my left-handed zindlefinger, too. Sure, it don't exist, any more than Yahweh does. PROVING that non-existence is a pain in the patoot, though ... which is why there is that whole business about The Burden Of Proof.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 26, 2019 at 2:25pm

Who was it who said that if a president reported hearing the voice of God on their telephone, we'd rightly question their sanity and their fitness to serve, yet removing the telephone makes the scenario somehow acceptable?

Comment by Loren Miller on October 26, 2019 at 7:50am

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

It never did ... and I can't see that it ever will.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 25, 2019 at 5:12pm

Amen! (As in "What he said! I believe it!" No gods needed.) I'm on Twitter for a little political stuff, with aggressive ad-blocking... and fighting for democracy is absolutely worth it!

The link to "not a great business model" refers to Twitter's revenue growing more slowly than it did at this time last year. They're still making money, and making more than they did.

Some of us have written about how an economy predicated on constant growth Growth GROWTH!! is simply not sustainable on a finite planet.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 25, 2019 at 3:26pm

Not on Twitter, myself ... nor on Facebook or Instagram or Snapchat or any of that crap ... and I continue to fight for this "Chapel of Democracy" because It Is Fucking WORTH IT.

Comment by Patricia on October 25, 2019 at 3:19pm

Yes, Loren, nice & simple.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 25, 2019 at 3:05pm
Twitter Inc. today said revenue fell lately because it stopped accidentally ignoring users’ privacy preferences. This is maybe not a great business model, and certainly not a great look, if your growth depends on betraying customers, writes Shira Ovide


Loren, I think that "Chapel of Democracy" ain't what it used to be.


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