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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Christianity Founded by a Murderer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman 16 hours ago. 4 Replies

Constantine did what?As he gained power, he became more suspicious of even family and friends. He ordered them to be put to death by various means.MaximianHis father-in-lawHe impelled to hang…Continue

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Started by Cane Kostovski. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 16 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

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"The religious right was not born out of opposition to Roe v. Wade. It was born out of opposition to Brown v. Board."~ …Continue

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Would you like your old "Quotation of the Day" quotes republished?

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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

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 21, 2017 at 1:31am
Re Welles’ views on aloneness, I have several short essays brewing. I can start one of them with, “When I’m pissed at someone I don’t feel alone.”
Comment by Loren Miller on November 20, 2017 at 12:58pm

Very blunt and very true, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 20, 2017 at 12:19pm

We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone. 

~ Orson Welles

Comment by Loren Miller on November 20, 2017 at 11:21am

Not quite a native son.  Born in Cleveland, moved to Winnetka, IL in 1961 when my dad was transferred, then came back to Cleveburg to go to school at Case (YUK!).  Winnetka was okay (ridiculous rich!), but Cleveland has been and is HOME for me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 20, 2017 at 11:16am

Loren, I didn't know you were a native son of Illinois. :)  

Comment by Loren Miller on November 20, 2017 at 11:03am

New Trier West, Northfield, Illinois, Carl.  That's crowding 50 years ago, too.  I'm debating whether I want to do the reunion coming up.  And yeah, I saw what you did there!  [grin!]

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 20, 2017 at 10:50am

Loren, there's something deviously satisfying about a nun getting decked for good reason.  (...for good reason.  See what I did there?)

You went to high school in the Chicago area?  New Trier West?

Comment by Loren Miller on November 20, 2017 at 7:31am

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

It's not just infantile, it's presumptuous. On that basis, anyone who doesn't acknowledge the supposed "purpose" put forward by a deity which has neither substance nor trace of evidence supporting it is a rudderless fool, meandering about without focus or aspiration. What that really amounts to is yet one more straw man, used to take cheap potshots at those of us who do indeed have our own self-determined desires and directions in our lives and have arrived at these without supernatural assistance (which is unavailable anyway).

Of course, a lot of this has to do with their assertion about "ultimate" meaning or purpose or whatever, to which my response is that I don't need ultimate meaning.  My life means something to me NOW ... and NOW is all we've got.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 19, 2017 at 10:14pm

Tom, it's a fact that the catholic church was utterly determined to teach their charges WHAT to think rather than HOW to.  Though I didn't realize it at the time, my first real girlfriend, one Carmen Allegra Willis, personified that when she DECKED a nun at Sacred Heart High School who thought to "correct" Carmen regarding her independent thinking processes.  What neither that nun nor her superiors realized was that her father would back her up against the inappropriately aggressive actions taken by said nun against Carmen, said process fomenting her departure from Sacred Heart.

This is what caused her to wind up at New Trier West that next year, to my great benefit.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 19, 2017 at 7:41pm
It’s firmly in mind, Loren.

About 65 years late, I now know I was reading books of quotations because I wanted a non-Catholic moral order I wasn’t hearing from my silent parents. Today we can say it’s a humanist moral order.

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