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 Chris Dec 18, 2017. 12 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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Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 19, 2017. 1 Reply

"The religious right was not born out of opposition to Roe v. Wade. It was born out of opposition to Brown v. Board."~ …Continue

Tags: Roe, right, v., Wade, Board

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Nov 2, 2017. 5 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

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Dan Rather on Alternative Facts

Started by Loren Miller Sep 26, 2017. 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 The Flying Atheist on October 6, 2017 at 9:53pm

"They were giving me the worst stink-eye ever. Every time I dropped my monocle, I thought they were going to grab it and take it." 

-- Amanda Werner, on sitting next to Equifax employees during congressional hearings while dressed as Rich Uncle Pennybags from the board game Monopoly, in an Elle interview.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 6, 2017 at 5:07pm

Call me cynical if you must, I predict that the number of corporations who suddenly discover their inner Origen will skyrocket as soon as they realize that, with just a hint of incense and a dash of holy water, they can save money and knuckle their female employees all at the same time.

--Charles Pierce on the undermining of the birth control mandate in the ACA

Comment by Loren Miller on October 6, 2017 at 11:44am

And if you believe that one, Alan, I got some swell swamp land in Florida I'd like to sell you!

That one is a real goodie, Alan, thanks for posting it!

Comment by Alan Perlman on October 6, 2017 at 11:40am

Here's another from Mencken:

"God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable.  They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos,  He will set them above their betters."

Comment by Loren Miller on October 6, 2017 at 5:31am

If you are neutral towards injustice, then you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If you see an elephant sitting on a mouse's tail and you say you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
-- Desmond Tutu

I found this quote on one of Steve Shives' videos a day or so ago, and thought it made a powerful and appropriate expression.  Despite his religion, Tutu knows what he's saying, mostly I suspect because he's seen the truth of it first hand.

Comment by Compelledunbeliever on October 6, 2017 at 4:44am

I don't know that these are sagely but I've found myself repeating these two things often lately.

There is more religion attributed to the bible than is actually in the bible.

Any religion that does not have a God that actually exist requires faith to believe in said God. What does your religion require?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 5, 2017 at 11:24pm

“A standing military force… will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.”

~ James Madison, Philadelphia Constitutional Convention in 1787.

 

Comment by Loren Miller on October 5, 2017 at 6:25am

Bertold, that whole "fear of death" business reminds me of the following:

Man is so built that he cannot imagine his own death.  This leads to endless invention of religions.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

As for "fear of life," the second you erect a god in authority over you, that fear comes along, especially fear of displeasing said god or violating its commandments.  You've traded one fear for another!

Comment by Gary S on October 4, 2017 at 8:50pm

I have also liked that one Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 4, 2017 at 8:27pm

I wish we had more people like Mencken around these days! Here's another crack of his I've always liked:

Men always try to make virtues of their weaknesses. Fear of death and fear of life both become piety.

 

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