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 Loren Miller on October 20, 2017 at 9:31am

Spud, I just Googled that quote, and the sentence after it is just as important:

Wherever the Bible and sword are in partnership, man is a slave.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 20, 2017 at 9:25am

"The liberty of man is not safe in the hands of any church."  So true.

And, it's always good to be reminded of Hitchens' Razor.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 20, 2017 at 8:21am

That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.
― Christopher Hitchens. now known as "Hitchens' Razor"

This to my mind is one of the most fundamental principles of epistemology: being Evidence-Based. The failure of faith-based learning of any sort is likely a primary reason why Aron Ra innovated the term, "apistevist."

Comment by Loren Miller on October 20, 2017 at 8:16am

DAMN, Bertold!  Ol' RGI was positively prescient about that one!

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.


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