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 Loren Miller on November 26, 2017 at 6:17am

Faith means not wanting to know what is true.
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

This is about as succinct a statement regarding the determined ignorance I've seen represented in fundamentalist faith as I have ever heard.  When someone declares that if the bible said 2+2=5, they would try to accept it, that attitude goes so far beyond the pale that it borders on unbelievability ... yet there they are, they exist, and they are actively trying to convince others to join their belief.

And again I have to state: this is an attitude borne of FEAR, of god, of hell, and of their fellows' disapproval.  Lose that threat and a considerable portion of the persuasive power of that belief system falls of its own weight.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 25, 2017 at 8:48am

The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.
― Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I love the blend of confidence and humility in Ayaan's statement. She looks at death clear-eyed and unafraid. She is determined to live every second of her life and not be sorry at the end.

BRAVA.

Comment by Gary S on November 25, 2017 at 12:02am

I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome.

- Epicurus

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 24, 2017 at 2:18pm

That's a keeper, Patricia.

Loren, that's an excellent quote from "me".

Comment by Patricia on November 24, 2017 at 1:13pm

I liked that one too, & I'm thinking it has to be a micro-mini salt shaker!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 24, 2017 at 1:12pm

A real goodie, as well as being utterly true, Patricia.  Thanks for posting it.

Comment by Patricia on November 24, 2017 at 12:28pm

Comment by Loren Miller on November 24, 2017 at 6:46am

Deny religion the ability to use shame, fear, or guilt, and you've basically eviscerated its ability to manipulate or control you … or anyone else.
-- me

For what I've heard, it's the catholic church which really is the master at using those goads to get the actions they desire, though granted, they are not alone. I would give real money to be present when someone, confronted with a church official trying threaten him or her in a particular direction, looked that official straight in the eye and said, "No ... FUCK YOU."

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 23, 2017 at 7:48am
Bert, if I knew what Crowley’s general and particular were I might understand.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 23, 2017 at 7:47am

Ba-da-bing, Tom.

 

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