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

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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

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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 Thomas Murray on October 23, 2017 at 7:29pm

I like that Mark Twain quote on patriotism too... although I am undecided ( or confused)  just what patriotism is. However, I detest the demand from religious conservatives for blind patriotism.


   Five or six years ago when we had a torrential snow storm here it caused massive black outs all over parts of eastern Maryland. Our house had no electricity for 10 days. Fortunately we did have a fireplace, my experience of living on the fringes, and lotsa love. Today my two boys saz that was their favorite, most memorable 10 days of Winter they had. They loved waking up in freezing butt cold bedroom, scrounging outside  for firewood, thawing frozen water, sponge baths in a dish tub,cooking dinners in the fireplace, playing family board games and other survival methods.

   Nature can certainly bring a family closer together than had realized.

   I don't think it is being hypocritical if you, an atheist, enjoy listening to religious music. I am a die hard rock n roll person, but I like listening to Willie Nelson and signing Christmas carols.... does that make me hypocritical? I don't think so. I don't reject all of my childhood up bringing and I actually do have some good sporadic Christmas memories.


I am still confused about what being Liberal is. At one time I thought I did but things change or there is a deliberate attempt to confused or blur the lines between liberals and conservatives.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 23, 2017 at 5:12pm

That Mark Twain comment is great! Thanks, Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 23, 2017 at 1:29pm

Tom, you reminded me of the scene in Meaning of Life when the organ donation guys come after Terry Gilliam's liver--

But, I'm using it.

Don't muck us about!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 23, 2017 at 1:21pm

Seems as though there's Nature and there's Nature, depending on the issue at hand.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2017 at 1:17pm

Tom and Loren, your points are well taken. On the other hand, the farther I get from nature, the more I feel disconnected from myself. There are times, such as when the tree fell over an electric line and cut power for miles around, it was nice to hear the generator start and be able to get lights again. When I am sick, I enjoy the process of diagnosis and am grateful for treatments. I am a born-again atheist and enjoy religious music. I confess to being a hypocrite. Some would say, "a damned hypocrite" and others would say "a god damned hypocrite. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on October 23, 2017 at 12:05pm
Bert, a prosperous and moderate Twain said that. I say:
Patriotism is defending your rights all the time.
Or, "No, you can't have my rights; I'm still using them!"
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 23, 2017 at 11:53am

Patriotism is defending your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.

--Mark Twain

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on October 23, 2017 at 11:45am
Loren, to Gladstone's insights, add:
Progressivism is trust of the people tempered by anger.
FYI: I'm well to the left of Liberalism.
Comment by Loren Miller on October 23, 2017 at 6:20am

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.
-- William E. Gladstone

The above was spoken over 150 years ago, yet I can think of no time when it was more evident or applicable than right freaking NOW.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 23, 2017 at 6:18am

Actually, nature leaves a lot of things around which are pretty useless.  My appendix, for example, never mind the gallbladder I had to get rid of (you don't EVER want to have gallstones!).  And when nature does change something, it takes its own freaking time to do it.

The evolutionary process has its own impetus and doesn't much listen to us ... which is likely why gene therapy is a thing!


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