Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

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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!

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Would you like your old "Quotation of the Day" quotes republished?

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 12. 11 Replies

I saved the comments from the previous quotations group the day before it was cleared and closed. Its creator feels strongly that people's comments (though they were posted publicly) shouldn't be…Continue

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Air Force Academy leader delivers powerful speech on race after slurs found in dorms (CBS News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Sep 30. 2 Replies

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The leader of the Air Force Academy delivered a poignant and stern message on race relations in a speech to thousands of cadets after someone wrote racial slurs on message…Continue

Tags: Silveria, Jay, Gen., , Air, Force, Academy", racism

Dan Rather on Alternative Facts

Started by Loren Miller Sep 26. 0 Replies

I originally submitted this piece to Daniel W.'s group, "Quotation of the Day," some months ago.  I thought it was important enough to repost here.  Please enjoy.…Continue

Tags: Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, alternative facts, Dan Rather

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Comment by Thomas Murray 1 hour ago

Oh yea, Burtold....

Those quotes you posted were great! ..... and  H. L. Mencken is a good one too.....

Comment by Bertold Brautigan 7 hours ago

While we're on the topic of mocking, here's a good one from Hemant Mehta:

Trying to prove God with The Bible is like trying to prove Superman with a comic book.

Comment by Loren Miller 8 hours ago

Bertold, your quote caused me to go looking for atheism quotes about ridiculing religion.  Here's one of 'em:

Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.  Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity.  It is the mere abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Comment by Bertold Brautigan 8 hours ago

The best way to defeat bigots is by laughter.

--Studs Kreitzer

Comment by Loren Miller 9 hours ago

Morality is doing right, no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right.
-- H. L. Mencken

Mencken had a remarkable ability to cut to the core truth of something in a mere handful of words. As evidence, I submit Exhibit A above.

Comment by Joan Denoo 18 hours ago

Bertold, priceless one, "Perfect your physics and you will understand Nature better, refine your reason, banish your prejudices and you’ll have no further need of your god."

Marquis de Sade, Dialogue Between a Priest and a Dying Man, 1782

Comment by Idaho Spud yesterday

That's what I think Loren.  Good quote Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan yesterday

Priest: Who is there can penetrate God’s vast and infinite designs regarding man, and who can grasp all that makes up the universal scheme?

Dying man: Anyone who simplifies matters, my friend, anyone, above all, who refrains from multiplying causes in order to confuse effects all the more. What need have you of a second difficulty when you are unable to resolve the first, and once it is possible that Nature may have all along done what you attribute to your god, why must you go looking for someone to be her overlord? The cause and explanation of what you do not understand may perhaps be the simplest thing in the world. Perfect your physics and you will understand Nature better, refine your reason, banish your prejudices and you’ll have no further need of your god.

--Marquis de Sade, Dialogue Between a Priest and a Dying Man, 1782

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

The last line of that quote of yours is pure gold, Bertold ... most excellent!

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

All thinking men are atheists.
― Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

Ernest, I'd like you to meet Seth Andrews! Seth, this is Ernest... [chuckle!]

 

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