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!

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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Started by Cane Kostovski. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 9. 14 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 18, 2017 at 10:38pm
* find independent funding for Roy Spencer,...

Joseph Bast, Chief Executive Officer The Heartland Institute

Bullet Point in leaked document.

Proves Koch-funded Heartland is funding NeoNazi leader.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2017 at 10:13pm

Grouchy? Curmudgeonly? Insane? Crazy? No! No! No! No! 

What you experience is knowing there exists a better way to live life and hoping positive change happens. Knowing and hoping keeps us on track in spite of obstacles. The knowing and hoping do not make things happen even as facing reality and keeping an eye on a goal can transform the world. 

Look at the personalities of the 1960s human rights struggle. They named the problem and they identified the goal. They developed plans and took action to bring about social change. 

Sadly, while the human rights people worked hard, some suffered, and others died in the effort to bring change, while at the same time there was a strong anti-human rights group, people who thought they were superior to others because of their race or for whatever reason. These people sat quietly, frustrated, building up courage and finding others who shared their beliefs until the time was ripe. Bigots, chauvinists, racists, sexists, ethnocentrists, jingoists, excessively patriotic, homophobes, dogmatists, unwarranted biases, those people who claim their power of love reveal their power of hate. 


give up, 











It's OK to take time off; even the military schedules R & R during wartime. 

It's OK to feel grouchy, curmudgeonly, insane, and crazy. It is our mind and body telling us to stop, breathe, think, and act. 

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


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