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.

Discussion Forum


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 Loren Miller on November 30, 2017 at 6:46am

We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.
-- Carl Sagan

After a fashion, this quote meshes with something Lawrence Krauss said more recently, to the effect that he wishes that everyone had, at some point in their life, something they held as true proven utterly wrong. Reality isn't here to conform to our expectations of it. Quite the contrary, we have to alter ourselves to comprehend and accurately, quantifiably describe how reality works, if those descriptions are to be of any use.

Comment by Patricia on November 29, 2017 at 10:04pm


Comment by Loren Miller on November 29, 2017 at 10:03pm

Not bribery, nor a gun to our heads, in the form of an eternal punishment of which not ONE of their followers can demonstrate the existence.

If you can't show it, you don't know it.
-- Aron Ra

Comment by Patricia on November 29, 2017 at 10:01pm

We also don't need bribery to be helpful.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 29, 2017 at 9:59pm

Just, plain BRILLIANT, Patricia ... and utterly correct.  Without acolytes, religion falls of its own weight.

Comment by Patricia on November 29, 2017 at 9:56pm

Comment by Loren Miller on November 29, 2017 at 9:49pm

Tom, I'm going to tell you this once: this group is NOT for your obsession with your electric universe.  It's about significant quotations and discussion regarding those quotes.  If you persist in trying to superimpose that onto my group, you will be gone from it.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 29, 2017 at 9:14pm
Not for a moment in the 1960s did I have faith in the Big Bang version of the Genesis story.

Four decades passed before I saw evidence supporting my refusal to have faith.
Comment by Alan Perlman on November 29, 2017 at 8:00pm

Here's one for The Donald:

"Better it is to live one day wise and meditative than to live a hundred years foolish and uncontrolled."

The Dhammapada

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 29, 2017 at 2:29pm

Loren, just added it to the list with attribution to you


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