Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

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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!

Discussion Forum

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 19. 1 Reply

"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

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. 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

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

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 12. 11 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

Dan Rather on Alternative Facts

Started by Loren Miller Sep 26. 0 Replies

I originally submitted this piece to Daniel W.'s group, "Quotation of the Day," some months ago.  I thought it was important enough to repost here.  Please enjoy.…Continue

Tags: Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, alternative facts, Dan Rather

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 22, 2017 at 4:00am

The price in blood and tears that humankind generally has had to pay for the comfort and spiritual refreshment that religion has brought to a few has been too great to justify our entrusting moral accountancy to religious belief. 

~Peter Medawar

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 22, 2017 at 3:40am

Religious apologists complain bitterly that atheists and secularists are aggressive and hostile in their criticism of them. I always say: look, when you guys were in charge, you didn’t argue with us, you just burnt us at the stake. Now what we’re doing is, we’re presenting you with some arguments and some challenging questions, and you complain.

- A.C. Grayling

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 22, 2017 at 3:38am

“Bishops are like pigs. If you poke one, they all squeal.”
-- Thomas Huxley (known as Darwin’s bulldog)

Comment by Patricia on November 21, 2017 at 2:59pm

Distance is a good teacher, Thomas.

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 21, 2017 at 2:58pm

  What I noticed is that the more time passes from the day I decided to stop believing, the more weird, strange, and corrupted I see and understand what religion is.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 21, 2017 at 11:28am

I hear you, Idaho, and with you 100%.  My only saving grace here is that it's not much in my face in Cleveland, so it's less of an irritant.  Your mileage may vary.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 21, 2017 at 11:12am

Looking forward to the day when Zappa's prediction comes true.  Probably won't be in my lifetime, but my guess is 100 years from now.  I definitly don't have the time.  Not much patience either.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 21, 2017 at 5:52am

One day, atheism will disappear as a concept. Instead, there will be normal people AND some weirdo believers.
-- Frank Zappa

A lovely thought, but sadly not one for the near future. Believers continue to persist in their delusion and that everyone else should MUST share in it ... and we most emphatically WON'T. Thankfully, even with the two-steps-forward, one-step-back process, we're still gaining ground and they're still losing it.

This is going to take patience, persistence, and TIME.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 21, 2017 at 2:28am

Tom, I look forward to reading your essays! Especially, “When I’m pissed at someone I don’t feel alone.”

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.”
 

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