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 Nov 12. 0 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

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

Tags: archived, opt in, opt-in, archive, republished

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 6:46pm

The difference, Thomas, is that I suspect ol' Dino was willing to LEARN from his mistakes.  The orange nightmare?  Not so much.

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 21, 2017 at 5:19pm

But...but Carl.....why then is Trump such a continuing lacking good judgments? Seems like he easily demolished your quote.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2017 at 5:03pm

I gave-up on the Spock-Fonsie quiz because I didn't know any of them.  I was just guessing based on their personalities.  Before I quit, I was getting about 60%.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 21, 2017 at 4:45pm
Carl, I managed 13 out of 14! I may not know what Fonsie said very much, but I know Spock pretty damned well!
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 21, 2017 at 4:12pm

I love that one, Carl. (And Dino's the perfect exemplar.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 21, 2017 at 3:52pm

Thomas, perhaps this will help answer your question.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 21, 2017 at 3:46pm

Loren, you frequently quote "Star Trek" characters here, so I thought you might appreciate this quiz.  (I didn't fare too well.)

WHO SAID IT: SPOCK OR FONZIE?

http://metv.com/quiz/who-said-it-spock-or-fonzie

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!]

 

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