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

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller on Sunday. 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 20, 2017 at 8:01am

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2017 at 12:58pm

Loren, I feel relief that you made such a strong statement about your position and were not responding negatively to what I wrote. Your comment encouraged me to look at what I wrote to figure out what I was trying to write. 

I trust your wisdom because of your "clear-eyed perception."

Comment by Loren Miller on October 19, 2017 at 5:57am

“With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.” Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie, as wisdom... and warning. The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we're all damaged.
-- Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, quoting and commenting on Judge Aaron Satie

There were a great number of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes which made profound statements about the human condition, and "The Drumhead" was absolutely one of them.  The Judge Aaron Satie Picard refers to is as fictional as Jean-Luc himself is, and that is a pity.  We could use a man or woman with that kind of clear-eyed perception right now.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 19, 2017 at 5:47am

No worries at all, Joan.  I was just making a general statement about who I am and where I'm coming from.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2017 at 3:29am

Loren, you are a prime factor in knowing the problem, identifying a goal, and you go even farther, by putting into action those things necessary to make needed changes, not only in A/N but in dastardly right-wing influences, which pull us back into the 1950s. The trend is away from human rights and equal justice under the law. You do not and never have put a mindlessly positive, Pollyanna spin on challenges facing us.     

Did I imply that you behave as a Pollyanna? If so, I need to rethink and rewrite my comment.

You know better than most, Loren, there is a way to live in a social environment that empowers people.  You define, by your comments and your activities with A/N and FFRF, and you inspire us as you take effective action. 

My comment intended to grieve the loss of progress we made in the 1960s. African-Americans, women, and GLBTQ took significant risks to lift the boots of the privileged off the necks of those who had suffered under prejudice. 

I am old! I can't fight the fight that I experienced in my youth. We have a foolish man with mean values who gives rise to a new generation of bigots, chauvinists, racists, sexists, ethnocentrists, jingoists, excessively patriotic, homophobes, dogmatists, and with unwarranted biases.  I do not want to leave my great-grandchildren such a mess.  

I am not the only one grieving; we are many!  

Anger provides a jet propulsion fuel to empower action. My comment, Loren, was not about you, but about me. Grief can motivate one but at a slower pace. 

    

Comment by Loren Miller on October 18, 2017 at 10:48pm

Joan, you know me well enough to know that I don't hide worth a good damn.  I gladly kick ass and take tickets wherever possible, and I make no excuses about doing so.  What I refuse to do is put a mindlessly positive spin on things.  Pollyanna I am emphatically NOT, and never will be ... PERIOD.

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. 

Options:

give up, 

hide, 

deny, 

pretend,

whine, 

blame, 

threaten, 

oppose, 

resist, 

coelesce, 

acquiesce.

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.
 

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