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 Saturday

The first casualty of learning is IGNORANCE.  If theists truly wanted to learn, then theism would become such a casualty.
-- me

Overall, I suspect that ignorance, whether inadvertent or purposeful, is the single biggest foe we have to fight against. This holds true in any discussion about unearned privilege: social, religious, political, or corporate.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 8, 2017 at 5:47pm

It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.

--Benjamin Franklin

Comment by Loren Miller on December 8, 2017 at 6:45am

Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting "Jesus Christ," so that it would read "A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;" the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.
-- Thomas Jefferson

I find this quote remarkable, in that 200+ years ago when our Constitution was being formulated, the founders recognized religious diversity as an issue and very purposefully dealt with it. Now in some places, religious diversity is a curiosity or a no-op, and allowances for it are treated as optional. Yet another case of people not knowing (or caring) about their history.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 7, 2017 at 11:39am

Hamlet’s a dull fuck of a story where a fellow stands around lamenting how useless he is even to his own self, and then there’s a pansy swordfight and it’s over.

--Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 7, 2017 at 11:34am

“Confirmation bias” has mutated from a hazard of academic research to a menacing political and social phenomenon.

--Mitch Daniels

Comment by Loren Miller on December 7, 2017 at 5:40am

I do not fear death. I'd been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience.
--Mark Twain

And if those billions of years went unnoticed in your consciousness, why should billions or trillions more after your physiology fails be of any concern? [grin!] An oft-noted and poignant quote from Mr. Clemons. I wonder if he and Ingersoll ever met...

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 7, 2017 at 2:40am

Excellent quotes, all!

Comment by Patricia on December 6, 2017 at 4:03pm

Agreed!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 6, 2017 at 3:54pm

Is it Trump’s god-complex or God’s Trump-complex?  Either way Trump and Jehovah have an awful lot in common.

. . . One way that biblical literalism screws with people’s heads is this: Children are taught from a young age that God is perfect—the essence of Love and Truth. But when you look a little closer at the stories in the Bible, it turns out that he’s an awful lot like Trump.

--Valerie Tarico

Comment by Loren Miller on December 6, 2017 at 8:07am

I have observed, indeed, generally, that while in protestant countries the defections from the Platonic Christianity of the priests is to Deism, in catholic countries they are to Atheism. Diderot, D'Alembert, D’Holbach, Condorcet, are known to have been among the most virtuous of men. Their virtue, then, must have had some other foundation than the love of God.
― Thomas Jefferson

Yeah ... funny thing, that.

 

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