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 Thomas Murray on October 21, 2017 at 3:27pm

" There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation."

Isn't 'personal experience' part of acquiring knowledge too? or is it under the reflection principal?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 21, 2017 at 2:28pm
An underlying problem behind many of man-made existential risks is our collective loss of ability to make sense of the world. With the rise of fake news, scientific research being funded by corporate interests, and technologies evolving faster than we can keep up with, it’s getting harder and harder to understand what is true and what is important.

I like this one even better:

We do have an innate impulse towards agency, towards self actualization. Within a win-lose game structure, that will look like a competitive impulse. But within a win-win structure, that will look like the desire to go beyond my previous capacity.

– Daniel Schmachtenberger

Comment by Loren Miller on October 21, 2017 at 6:59am

Joan, that Diderot quote is SMOKIN'! [grin!]

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


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