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 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.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 23, 2017 at 7:38am
A comedian?

No, a sadist. And that’s letting him off easy.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 23, 2017 at 5:37am

This one relates to yours a bit, Bertold:

God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh.
-- Voltaire

However, at least some of the "audience" has overcome its fear of this particular comic, to the point where we're not so much laughing WITH the comedian but AT him and his poor, dated material.  Considering the horrific elements he uses in his routine, I'd say that derision is well deserved!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 23, 2017 at 12:42am

The universe is a practical joke on the part of the general at the expense of the particular.

--Aleister Crowley

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 22, 2017 at 6:15pm
“Damn universe! It’s not obeying my mathematics!”
— Tom Sarbeck, narcissist.
Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 22, 2017 at 5:43pm
Ditto, Loren and Ruth.

Happily, the tendency toward narcissism I have for decades seen in some political leaders is coupled with a tendency toward a hardball kind of democratic behavior. It is not an idealistic kind of small-d Democratic behavior. (Dammit, this iPad insists on capitalizing some words I don’t want to capitalize.)
Comment by Loren Miller on November 22, 2017 at 5:09pm

Ruth, your Bushman quote is an astonishing (and more than a little disturbing) condensation of human nature, summed up in a handful of words.  An excellent contribution!

 

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