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 Loren Miller on November 14, 2017 at 5:25am

"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity.
-- John Adams

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
-- Voltaire

I don't think it's much of a reach to say that the above two quotes, taken together constitute a considerable threat against society ... but then, what do I know, eh? [wry chuckle!]

Comment by Loren Miller on November 14, 2017 at 5:21am

Okay, I'll bite: where did we start talking about the John Birch Society?

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 14, 2017 at 3:14am
If as Seneca is alleged to have said, violence arises from powerlessness, those who want to reduce violence might look for the causes of powerlessness.
— Tom Sarbeck
Comment by tom sarbeck on November 14, 2017 at 2:31am
Donald Trump is his own dictionary.
— A Cynic.
Comment by tom sarbeck on November 14, 2017 at 2:26am
A dictionary describes or it prescribes. The trouble results from one debater seeing it as describing and the other debater seeing it as prescribing.
— Tom Sarbeck
Comment by tom sarbeck on November 14, 2017 at 2:17am
Sometimes a concept is baffling not because it is profound, but because it is wrong.
— Wal Thornhill
Comment by Loren Miller on November 13, 2017 at 6:02am

Dictionaries are wonderful tools, but they shouldn't be treated like scripture.
-- Steve Shives

Steve's quote above goes to something that Matt Dillahunty has stated a few times: that words have USAGES but not intrinsic meaning.  Humankind created words for the purpose of communication through a common medium, and if we created them, we can also ALTER their meanings when it suits a given situation or circumstance.

Words are no more absolute than any other facet of reality ... and we need to recognize that.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 12, 2017 at 9:30pm

Joan, I especially liked the Sadegh Hedayat with the cuddling couple. The suicide ending was sad, though.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2017 at 6:32pm

“Life as it proceeds reveals, cooly and dispassionately, what lies behind the mask that each man wears. It would seem that everyone possesses several faces. Some people use only one all the time, and it then, naturally, becomes soiled and wrinkled. These are the thrifty sort. Others look after their masks in the hope of passing them on to their descendants. Others again are constantly changing their faces. But all of them, when they reach old age, realise one day that the mask they are wearing is their last and that it will soon be worn out, and then, from behind the last mask, the real face appears.”

― Sadegh Hedayat, The Blind Owl

"However, in the 1940s it was obvious that he could not produce anything substantial. He became increasingly frustrated to the point that abusive criticism replaced artistic criticism in his works. His inability to create the literary works that his public expected drove him deeper into depression. He finally decided to leave Iran and go back to Paris, where he had started his career. However, postwar Paris was not the Paris he had experienced in the 1920s.

"He made his last decision. He attempted suicide again; this time he succeeded, on April 4, 1951. At the time of his death, he had become recognized as the foremost modern prose author of Iran."

~ Iran Chamber Society, Sunday, November 12, 2017

"Sadeq Hedayat
The foremost short story writer of Iran"

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2017 at 6:12pm


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