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!

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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Basho

Started by Cane Kostovski. Last reply by Cane Kostovski Jan 25. 9 Replies

“Here, where a thousandCaptains swore grand conquest. . .TallGrass their monument.”― BashoWhat does this quote mean to you? To me it portrays deep deep effort that was for nothing. Deep Deep Wasted…Continue

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Cane Kostovski Jan 23. 3 Replies

"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

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

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 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

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

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Comment by tom sarbeck on October 13, 2017 at 11:00am
"I think,
Therefore I am",
Said the philosopher.
Bunk! He didn't feel; he only
Half was.
--Me
That's a quintain form devised by the American poet Adelaide Crapsey--five lines with 2, 4, 6, 8 and 2 syllables.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 13, 2017 at 10:21am

Brave men are all vertebrates. They have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle. But these modern cowards are all crustaceans; their hardness is all on the cover, and their softness is inside.


--G.K. Chesterton

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 13, 2017 at 9:55am

Patricia, that's a great quote about children praying to imaginary beings.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 13, 2017 at 9:53am

Carl, I love that Tyson quote.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 13, 2017 at 7:49am

To invent your own life's meaning is not easy, but it still allowed, and I think you'll be happier for the trouble.
-- Bill Watterson, creator of “Calvin and Hobbes”

Wonderful insight from the creator of one of my all-time favorite comic strips (would that it was still being produced!).  Sadly, people aren't encouraged to be their own authentic selves to be but something that cootchie-coos someone else.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 12, 2017 at 9:26pm

There are as many ways to construe significance as there are persons judging it.

--Thomas C. Foster

Comment by Alan Perlman on October 12, 2017 at 7:19pm

Thanks, Loren. Today's:

"Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived."

-Isaac Asimov

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 12, 2017 at 6:43pm

"It occurs to me that atheists work without a net … and I find that I don’t mind that at all."

~ Loren Miller,  a piece about Christian submission.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2017 at 6:18pm

Joan, your Emma Goldman quote reminded me of this one, which I've used a few times here:

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
-- Frederick Douglass

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 12, 2017 at 6:07pm

Joan, I love that Emma Goldman quote!  A keeper!

 

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