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 tom sarbeck on November 15, 2017 at 2:18am
Joan, thank you for your post on what the Bible shows the way to. The idea of committing your post to memory and using it enthuses me.

BTW, it’s not dark energy, quantum fluctuations, or other imagined stuff that drives the universe. It’s electricity like that inside our cells that does the job.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 14, 2017 at 11:09pm


  • > I guess that is as good a way to live and die as any.  

Your words took my breath away. You are a credit to our species.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 14, 2017 at 10:49pm

Bertold,  the statement that "White supremacists are not likely to forget that one of their hatemongers took the presidency. This Trump cancer may be only a few aberrant cells, but it is a permanent feature of our body politic, threatening to metastasize, even if he is deposed" has existed as long as I have been alive. The Black Movement hushed them for a while. We need another leader who could get The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and The Voting Rights Act of 1965 through Congress.

I feel fortunate, indeed to have been a young woman during that era and to have contact with some of the finest organizers I have ever seen or heard. 

The white supremacists quieted down for a few decades but their hate-mongering remained, simmering on a back burner of society until the christians joined the Republicans to form a silent, growing, metastasizing cancer.

I worked to secure civil and voting rights in the 1960s and I observe the dismantling of that mighty effort. I can't do what I did in the '60s and I can rejoin the struggle in new ways. I refuse to be counted out at my age. I guess that is as good a way to live and die as any.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 14, 2017 at 10:31pm

Loren, I don't think the Bible shows the way to anything, other than domination, exploitation, murder, rape, dashing babies' heads against the rock or impaling them with a sword. Galileo Galilei was brave to go that far in his day and age. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 14, 2017 at 10:24pm

I don't know if enlightened self-interest has anything to do with driving the universe, or not. I know there are ideas popping around that seem to hold more promise than human intervention. Furthermore, I know the fate of living matter on the Earth has a lot to do with human intervention. 

“The universe is driven by …”

Oh! That rattles a molecule in my brain that needs scratching. 

1. The universe is driven by dark energy, the theoretical force thought to make up 68 percent of the universe. the universe is filled with dark energy, which is constantly pushing matter further and further away.

2. No! Says another group. The universe is driven by Quantum fluctuation; space is fluctuating wildly, expanding and contracting all the time. However, in these oscillations, there is a very slight difference—meaning it is always expanding slightly more than it is contracting. The result? A universe that is expanding at an ever-accelerating rate.”



Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 14, 2017 at 9:53pm

Words from Bob Dylan, dedicated to Trumpanzees with buyer's remorse (if there are any).

Idiot wind, blowing like a circle around my skull
From the Grand Coulee Dam to the Capitol
Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth
You’re an idiot, babe
It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe


I can’t feel you anymore, I can’t even touch the books you’ve read
Every time I crawl past your door, I been wishin’ I was somebody else instead
Down the highway, down the tracks, down the road to ecstasy
I followed you beneath the stars, hounded by your memory
And all your ragin’ glory


I been double-crossed now for the very last time and now I’m finally free
I kissed goodbye the howling beast on the borderline which separated you from me
You’ll never know the hurt I suffered nor the pain I rise above
And I’ll never know the same about you, your holiness or your kind of love
And it makes me feel so sorry


Idiot wind, blowing through the buttons of our coats
Blowing through the letters that we wrote
Idiot wind, blowing through the dust upon our shelves
We’re idiots, babe
It’s a wonder we can even feed ourselves

Comment by Loren Miller on November 14, 2017 at 2:18pm

"Have we overlooked some vital spark...?"  Perhaps so.  Consider the following:

The universe is driven by the complex interweaving of three elements: energy, matter and enlightened self-interest.
-- Ambassador G'Kar of the Narn, Babylon 5, "Survivors"

Question becomes: what constitutes "enlightened self-interest" at the cellular level?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 14, 2017 at 1:12pm

That our technology has so far failed to manage a transformation that is effortlessly executed by even the simplest microbe on our planet suggests that our knowledge  of what it takes to make life is incomplete. Have we overlooked some vital spark that animates the living and is absent from the nonliving?

This is not to say we will be claiming that any kind of vital force, spirit or magic ingredient animates life. Our story is much more interesting than that. [emphasis added]

--Johnjoe McFadden and Jim Al-Khalili, Life on the Edge – the Coming of Age of Quantum Biology

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 14, 2017 at 12:15pm

Trumpism now owns that dark and malignant strain in American life that has long sabotaged the ideals we prefer to celebrate on the 4th of July, at Thanksgiving, and with stanzas of the national anthem and every salute of the flag. What we have learned this year is that Trumpism is now a permanent part of our polity. White supremacists are not likely to forget that one of their hatemongers took the presidency. This Trump cancer may be only a few aberrant cells, but it is a permanent feature of our body politic, threatening to metastasize, even if he is deposed.

We can enjoy Tuesday’s triumphs as a rebuff to Trump, which they most certainly were. We can and must remain vigilant to contain the malignancy. Still, we cannot erase the fact that Trump’s rampage has left our country deeply wounded, perhaps fatally. He blew up America. A year later, there is no great old America underneath for the Trump-supporting nostalgists. There is instead rubble. And he is not done yet.

--Neal Gabler

Comment by Loren Miller on November 14, 2017 at 11:43am

Actually, I'm not sure the bible knows what it's talking about regarding the first half of Galileo's statement!


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