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 Loren Miller on November 12, 2017 at 5:14pm
That one is premium, Patricia. A shame there's no attribution.
Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2017 at 5:13pm

Right on, Patricia.

Comment by Patricia on November 12, 2017 at 5:11pm

"If god doesn't like the way I live, Let him tell me, not you."

Comment by Loren Miller on November 12, 2017 at 4:57pm
No worries, Joan. I'd just prefer that this area be MOSTLY occupied with quotes and BRIEF commentary on them. [/sermon]
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2017 at 3:19pm

Loren, Bad Me! I broke the rules. I am duly chastised! 

And, you are absolutely correct in your words!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2017 at 3:17pm

"There was always something wretched in its founding that invariably asserted itself in our politics. Dishonesty and camouflage were its primary sacraments. As part of their bargain with these people, Republicans and conservatives agreed tacitly to overlook these things, and so they became accustomed to overlooking everything until, today, alleged pedophilia of the most grotesque sort is the latest thing to be overlooked in the cause of tax-cuts and the restriction of women's reproductive rights."

, Esquire, NOV 10, 2017

I can't read enough of this Pierce guy. What'ta man!

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 12, 2017 at 12:18pm
Loren, on this Comment Wall’s early pages you added conversation. Please don’t scold only us.
Re Burke’s words, he used more than were necessary.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 12, 2017 at 6:17am

What does God need with a starship?
-- Capt. James T. Kirk, Star Trek V

As maligned as the fifth Star Trek movie has been (and it deserves it), it still has its moments, and the above quote is emphatically one of them. In seven simple words, Kirk calls out EVERY LOUSY TIME someone alleges that god needs this person or that thing to reveal himself to others. As I've heard Matt Dillahunty say more than once, "He's GOD!!!" ... and if he's the omni-[choose a suffix] being he's put up to be, he could magic whatever effect he wanted with barely a thought.

Once again, both the presumption and stupidity of religion is out in the atmosphere for all to see.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 12, 2017 at 6:05am

Gang, c'mon ... two pages of conversation and maybe two or three quotes?  If you're going to have an extended conversation regarding a quote, please take it to a post.

BTW, apparently both of you forgot this little business:

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
– Edmund Burke

Whether that quote is bookmarked with its antithesis from some other source or not, I don't know.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2017 at 2:52am

Stupid me, I didn't / and don't see the point. 

You wrote, "For instance, start with

“Good prevails when evil people do nothing.”

Its negative is

“Good prevails when evil people do nothing.”

They look the same to me. Is that the point? NO! there is something else. 


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