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!

Discussion Forum

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

Tags: archived, opt in, opt-in, archive, republished

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 Loren Miller on September 29, 2017 at 5:40am

People who don't want you to think are never your friend.
-- TheraminTrees

The above has been on TheraminTrees' YouTube page for as long as I can remember, and I've been impressed with its succinct wisdom for about as long.  Religious leaders don't want you to think; they want you to FEEL, to engage emotions rather than intellect.  While that may be fine in certain circumstances, emotion and fact too frequently make poor bedfellows, at least from where I sit.

Comment by Patricia on September 28, 2017 at 1:59pm

You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend.

   Richard Jeni

Comment by Patricia on September 28, 2017 at 1:56pm

I like that one, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 28, 2017 at 5:53am

There is no such thing as freedom of choice unless there is freedom to refuse.
-- David Hume

I was searching for another Hume quote when I came across this one ... which strikes me as perfect for those who want to assert that there is freedom OF religion, but not freedom FROM it.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 27, 2017 at 8:47pm

Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.

--Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2017 at 7:51pm

“crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”

~ Thomas Jefferson urged Americans to

States Can Lead the Way on Climate Change

Comment by Gary S on September 27, 2017 at 7:33pm

There was a time when religion ruled the world. It is known as the Dark Ages.

- Ruth Green

Comment by Loren Miller on September 27, 2017 at 6:50am

I was raised thinking that moral and ethical standards are universals that apply equally to everyone. And these values aren't easily compatible with the kind of religion that posits a Creator. To my way of thinking, an omnipotent being who sets up a universe in which thinking beings proliferate, grow old, and die (usually in agony, alone, and in fear) is a cosmic sadist.
― Charles Stross

And how many times have I put up that Heinlein quote about "the manners and morals of a spoiled child" god?!? Stross, yer my kinda guy!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 26, 2017 at 6:57pm

May your hands always be busy 
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation 
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful 
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young

--Robert Zimmerman

Comment by Loren Miller on September 26, 2017 at 3:46pm

That's one from O'Hair I had never heard before, Joan.  Molte grazie, bella!!!

 

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