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.

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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

Will McAvoy's Rant: "America Is NOT the World's Greatest Country"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25, 2018. 3 Replies

Aaron Sorkin has a habit of swinging for the fences when he writes political commentary as entertainment for television.? This was first evinced in the network television series, The West Wing, and…Continue

Tags: The Newsroom, Will McAvoy, Aaron Sorkin

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 29, 2019 at 7:10pm

?No grieving soul is free.

~Tobias Churton

Comment by Loren Miller on January 29, 2019 at 7:16am

Nothing draws people more quickly away from religion than an open mind.
-- Hemant Mehta

I would say so, Hemant, that plus a genuine sense of curiosity and a desire to know the truth.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 28, 2019 at 4:21pm

Very true, GC.? I have yet to hear Yahweh declare from the skies:


or something of that nature.? It's as I've said before: it's always man talking, never the deity, and as long as that's the case, I have NO reason to give the deity ANY credence.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 28, 2019 at 4:01pm

"Why should the 'Law of God' have any standing?"

Especially when the enforcement of such "laws" is indistinguishable from human action without any gods. (Even if there were a natural force encouraging or enforcing those "laws", then if they were as posited by many religions, it would be our moral duty to resist it.)

Our human judgment is all there is.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 28, 2019 at 6:20am

When the "law" of a god includes rampant ignorance (proscriptions on pork and shellfish), never mind misogyny and homophobia, when it treats almost ANY transgression as worthy of death and when the prescribed mechanisms of execution are so barbaric as to be beyond modern-day consideration ... in short, when man's judgment can be more lenient, more willing to consider details, situations, and nuances, in short, more humane while at the same time, finding at least general consensus among those governed, WHY Should The "Law of God" Have ANY STANDING?
-- me

Anyone got an answer?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 27, 2019 at 1:53pm

What foods these morsels be.

~Sign at Galloping Gerty's diner

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 27, 2019 at 1:14pm
It is high time for Americans, especially those concerned about women’s rights, to cease pretending that America is not lurching towards a theocracy. All of these vile Republican policies attacking women’s rights have only one source – religion.

Something Rmuse

Judge blocks Trump’s evangelical assault on women in 13 states

Comment by Loren Miller on January 27, 2019 at 6:09am

Atheism deprives superstition of its stand ground, and compels Theism to reason for its existence.
-- George Jacob Holyoake

Seems to me that theism and reason have never really gotten along, much as they would try to protest to the contrary, so that's never going to end well.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 26, 2019 at 8:43pm

Joan, you put me to shame, posting so generously. I've been negligent.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2019 at 6:09pm

Grinning Cat, I remember well when a child in the family revealed a tendency?to prefer his or her left hand. I can't remember which child now. I expressed my disagreement with the attempt to change handedness. The same family was faced with disagreement with an adult who chose to change her sex to male. The parents supported her in spite of the family disapproval of her decisions and he is a happy and healthy adult male with a beautiful family of adopted children.?

Anecdotal?evidence? You bet! and I believe it!?


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