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

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 Grinning Cat on October 24, 2017 at 4:40pm

Following up Andy Borowitz's quote on the Republican Party (Lincoln to Palin to Trump, "no wonder they don't believe in evolution"):

"So apparently the party of Lincoln is now the party of John Wilkes Booth."

(EarlG at Democratic Underground, based on an observation by MohRokTah)

"The party of Lincoln has turned into the party of John Wilkes Booth."

(John SheirerMake Common Sense Common Again blog)

(Reactions to candidate Trump suggesting a "Second Amendment" solution last year to the prospect of Hillary Clinton nominating judges)

Comment by Loren Miller on October 24, 2017 at 3:45pm

Idaho and Bertold, the word that comes to my mind is: "disturbing!"

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 24, 2017 at 3:13pm

Shocking is not the word I would use.  To me, it's almost unbelievable.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 24, 2017 at 1:50pm

I personally believe that it’s shocking in the year 2017 that we can have American congressmen who openly proclaim the earth is 6,000 years old and that the fossil record was put there to test our faith. And because it’s a religious idea, not only are we not allowed to question or ridicule it, we are debating whether or not to teach it in our schools, and that’s upsetting to me. I really feel that religion does itself no favors by declaring itself immune from rational scrutiny.

--Dan Brown

Comment by Loren Miller on October 24, 2017 at 6:22am

There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point… The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it.
― Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

This is a point that I have made repeatedly: that we need to own our lives, take responsibility for what we do with them and not palm it off on a god which fails to evince itself.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 24, 2017 at 6:18am

Thomas, I think patriotism (at the risk of invoking No True Scotsman) is being supportive of the country and its principles and not necessarily whoever is RUNNING the country at the moment.  It's the kind of support which recognizes the importance of BOTH kinds of feedback, positive and negative.  The United States is supposed to be a nation of LAWS, not men, and the Constitution was structured in favor of freedom and personal expression and against the brand of top-down governance which dear Donnie seems to be trying to exercise.

As for being a liberal ... yeah, that one has gotten blurred almost past any recognition.  I'm a firm believer in individual rights, but also in individual responsibility.  I am NOT down with the Nanny State, but the need for regulation and oversight cannot be denied.  Some kind of balance has to be there, but that balance will require both sides of the aisle cooperating with each other to find.

The saddest part of what is going on right now is that we've become too focused on our differences and forgotten what we have in common.  That's not just problematic, it's downright dangerous.

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.


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