Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful


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

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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. 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

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

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 Bertold Brautigan on October 18, 2017 at 8:51pm

I feel your pain, Loren. But to me it's kind of like a psychological immune system. I feel like if I don't laugh I will go insane. (But I have still noticed a shift toward being more of a grouchy old asshole, I have to confess.)

Comment by Loren Miller on October 18, 2017 at 8:30pm
I guess my problem is that, with age, I have occasionally become somewhat curmudgeonly in my attitude. Things that might otherwise be perceived as funny wind up being either irritating or tragic. I haven't gone insane yet, but sometimes I wonder. It's just that I can't find it in myself to laugh at this kind of crap.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 18, 2017 at 8:19pm

Somehow that reminds me of Jimmy Buffet: If we weren't crazy we'd all go insane.

Comment by Gary S on October 18, 2017 at 8:03pm

Life would be tragic if it weren't funny.

- Stephen Hawking

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 18, 2017 at 2:32pm

Oh yea, Burtold....

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

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 18, 2017 at 8:17am

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 on October 18, 2017 at 8:08am

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 on October 18, 2017 at 7:26am

The best way to defeat bigots is by laughter.

--Studs Kreitzer

Comment by Loren Miller on October 18, 2017 at 6:40am

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 on October 17, 2017 at 9:24pm

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


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