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.

Discussion Forum


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 Idaho Spud on October 17, 2017 at 10:44am

That's what I think Loren.  Good quote Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 17, 2017 at 8:49am

Priest: Who is there can penetrate God’s vast and infinite designs regarding man, and who can grasp all that makes up the universal scheme?

Dying man: Anyone who simplifies matters, my friend, anyone, above all, who refrains from multiplying causes in order to confuse effects all the more. What need have you of a second difficulty when you are unable to resolve the first, and once it is possible that Nature may have all along done what you attribute to your god, why must you go looking for someone to be her overlord? The cause and explanation of what you do not understand may perhaps be the simplest thing in the world. 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

Comment by Loren Miller on October 17, 2017 at 8:16am

The last line of that quote of yours is pure gold, Bertold ... most excellent!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 17, 2017 at 6:45am

All thinking men are atheists.
― Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

Ernest, I'd like you to meet Seth Andrews! Seth, this is Ernest... [chuckle!]

Comment by Gary S on October 16, 2017 at 7:48pm

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.

- Henry David Thoreau

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 16, 2017 at 4:44pm

A note I posted to my two boys....

   "Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you'd be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don't let life randomly kick you into the adult you don't want to become."

Chris Hadfield

Comment by Loren Miller on October 16, 2017 at 4:39pm

Welcome, Thomas, and thanks for your contribution to the group.

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 16, 2017 at 4:14pm

 I am in the middle of reading one of Micheal Shermer's book, " Why People Believe in Weird Things" where I read this Carl Sagan's quote,

   "It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas.

   If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you. You never learn anything new. You become a crotchety old person convinced that nonsense is ruling the world. (There is, of course, much data to support you.)

   On the other hand, if you are open to the point of gullibility and have not an ounce of skeptical sense in you, then you cannot distinguish useful ideas from the worthless ones. If all ideas have equal validity then you are lost, because then, it seems to me, no ideas have any validity at all."

“The Burden of Skepticism,” Pasadena lecture (1987)

I am so glad to have read this, and thankful to Carl Sagan.


Thank you for taking up the helm of Quotations.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 16, 2017 at 6:41am

All religions bear traces of the fact that they arose during the intellectual immaturity of the human race before it had learned the obligations to speak the truth.  Not one of them makes it the duty of its God to be truthful and understandable in his communications.
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

I posted the above on Daniel's Quotations group back when, and needless to say, its importance hasn't diminished.  There's no sugarcoating the fact: religions LIE to us, and those lies, obfuscations, and vagaries must be called out.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 15, 2017 at 9:33pm

Bertold, I have not read Justin Rosario before. He is one angry dude. I can't go as far as he does as he paints with a broad brush. Not all "born again christians" are "small and petty people filled with hate, greed, bigotry, and ignorance." 

I have known christians and have as friends, kind, generous, magnanimous, individuals. 

I admit that the common, ordinary, thoughtless individuals have revealed their greedy and seedy side. I have known some racist, anti-feminist, classist ministers who led their flock of sheep into terrible places of hate and revenge. 

Painting with a far narrower brush, I can honestly say that belief in a higher power, trusting in ancient mythology, acting like a person with privilege, turns too quickly into the exploitation of individuals and manipulation of their thinking. 

Who benefits by this machination? Indeed, the institution of religion beats the drum for more shekels in the offering bucket. 

The ego of a person dressed in robes standing behind a lectern who needs to feel powerful and wise gets a boost.

Members of the congregation go home feeling virtuous for having read the scriptures, listened to the sermon, put their offering in the plate, and sang the songs of marching soldiers and glorious mansions in the sky. 

Their imperative is to "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

King James Bible

Oh ya! save souls! Teach and preach of the promises and the threats. Earn your jewel in the crown! 

Does that not say everything we need to know: run fast in the other direction!


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