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 Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 6:01pm

This was just on our news the other night.....quite impressive, we thought.

https://globalnews.ca/news/3784330/sooke-home-lego-green-fireproof/

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2017 at 5:41pm

"Cities are not immortal. Economics and wars can kill them, but so can storms and fires. That’s especially true if cities aren’t built to resist—if cities are built in ways that make the change worse instead of fighting it.

"So keep thinking about blame as northern California rebuilds—if regulations get brave enough to insist on denser cities, less flammable materials, different ornamental vegetation, underground power lines. The risk of fire will never be zero, but everyone knows what would knock a few points off. Whether anyone will make those changes—well, the red wind makes people do crazy things."

Adam Rogers 

Living in the forest, as we do, and learning how to prevent fires as well as fight them, we look to non-flammable building materials and ornamental vegetation and designs that resist spread of flames to homes. That is the price we pay for living in a forest. 

With the trees of this forest under stress from lack of moisture and soils under the forests dried out, the forests, its undergrowth, and the soils act as kindling to spreading flames. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 11, 2017 at 4:14pm

"It has already been a fire season and a hurricane season that are, as researchers say, consistent with models of a changing climate.

Adam Rogers

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 1:38pm

That also reminds me of scump, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 11, 2017 at 10:39am
Damn, Joan!!! Now, THAT is what I call a goodie!
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2017 at 10:35am

The truth is that Christian theology, like every other theology, is not only opposed to the scientific spirit; it is also opposed to all other attempts at rational thinking. Not by accident does Genesis 3 make the father of knowledge a serpent -- slimy, sneaking and abominable. Since the earliest days the church, as an organization, has thrown itself violently against every effort to liberate the body and mind of man. It has been, at all times and everywhere, the habitual and incorrigible defender of bad governments, bad laws, bad social theories, bad institutions. It was, for centuries, an apologist for slavery, as it was the apologist for the divine right of kings.

H.L. MENCKEN, Treatise on the Gods

Comment by Loren Miller on October 11, 2017 at 5:44am

Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves.  Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

I've cited the above multiple times around here and elsewhere because that statement is both marvelously brief and on point.  Certainly the sentence which opens the second chapter of Dawkins' The God Delusion is more thorough in its condemnation of Yahweh (and his compatriots), but the image of god as a whiny, spoiled brat remains irresistible to me

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 10, 2017 at 10:14pm

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 10, 2017 at 7:46pm

True, Loren. Case in point:

To assert that the Earth revolves around the Sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin.

--Cardinal Bellarmine, 1633

Comment by Loren Miller on October 10, 2017 at 6:41pm

Say something stupid and your name may live on at least as long!
-- me

 

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