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

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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 Loren Miller on October 21, 2017 at 6:58am

Capt. John Sheridan: You know, it's funny, I was thinking about what you said, that the preeminent truth of our age is that you cannot fight the system. But if, as you say, the truth is fluid, that the truth is subjective, then maybe you can fight the system. As long as just one person refuses to be broken, refuses to bow down.

Interrogator: But can you win?

Capt. John Sheridan: Every time I say "no."
-- Babylon 5, “Intersections in Real Time”

I posted the above quote on Daniel's old group, and I wanted to put it up here as well because 1) I really like the old Babylon 5 TV series and 2) because I think it makes a powerful statement.  When we confront any tyrannical authority, whether political, corporate, or religious, and we refuse to back down from them, THEY LOSE.  They may not think so, but it's true, and that is worth remembering.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2017 at 1:27am

There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.

~ Denis Diderot

Comment by Gary S on October 20, 2017 at 10:21pm

Concur Loren.

Comment by Patricia on October 20, 2017 at 10:19pm

These are really good ones!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 20, 2017 at 10:05pm

Or, if you prefer, Gary:

Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
-- Denis Diderot

Comment by Gary S on October 20, 2017 at 8:20pm

Civilization will not attain to its perfection, until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.

- Emile Zola

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!

 

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