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!

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.

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The Oneida Perfectionists

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller on Friday. 4 Replies

The Oneida Perfectionists had a vision of utopian life, and they structured their communities according to ideological similarities.1. First, it believed that its members had entered into an…Continue

Tags: communist, authoritarian, leadership, utopia, free-love

Christianity Founded by a Murderer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman Apr 21. 4 Replies

Constantine did what?As he gained power, he became more suspicious of even family and friends. He ordered them to be put to death by various means.MaximianHis father-in-lawHe impelled to hang…Continue

Tags: baptized, escape, guilt, be, repent

Basho

Started by Cane Kostovski. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 18. 16 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on December 15, 2017 at 5:52am

The more I learn about the universe, the less convinced I am that there's any sort of benevolent force that has anything to do with it, at all.
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil ... don't look now, but I'm pretty sure you're not alone!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 15, 2017 at 5:49am

And if *I* may, Chris, that may not be the audience Bennett was thinking about.  I would say, "Tell Mitch McConnell that.  Tell Paul Ryan that."

I could add, "Tell Donald Trump that," but I doubt the specious fool would listen.

Comment by Chris on December 15, 2017 at 4:52am

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Joan Denoo

"Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

If I may - tell  oppressed people. that.

It's nonesense fantacy - sort of like religion.

Bennet may have watched too many Disney movies.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 14, 2017 at 12:42pm

You're a great one for logic.  I'm a great one for rushing in where angels fear to tread.  We're both extremists.  Reality ... is probably somewhere in the middle.
-- Capt. James T. Kirk,Star Trek VI

And the real trick, with your quote, Bertold, as much as mine, is finding that middle.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2017 at 12:26pm

"Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 14, 2017 at 12:16pm

Freedom without socialism is privilege and injustice; socialism without freedom is slavery and brutality.

--Mikhail Bakunin

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 14, 2017 at 8:35am

 The Bible is a mishmash of texts that were written and assembled over the course of several hundred years by men with varied objectives. All manner of behavior and misbehavior can be justified from the contradictory stories and commandments between its covers. Men like Roy Moore who think they speak for God, who think their end justifies any means, play this to their own advantage.

. . . Worship Iron Age texts and you get Iron Age behavior.

--Valerie Tarico

Comment by Loren Miller on December 14, 2017 at 5:20am

I don't profess any religion; I don't think it’s possible that there is a God; I have the greatest difficulty in understanding what is meant by the words ‘spiritual’ or ‘spirituality.'
― Philip Pullman

Boy, am I behind his last statement! Having a sense of wonder for the universe, the beauty of reality, or having a numinous experience is one thing, but "spirit" or relating to "spirit?" Not at all. This is yet one more problem we as atheists have to overcome: the problem of vocabulary and what some words refer to.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 13, 2017 at 8:55pm

History says, Don't hope

On this side of the grave.

But then, once in a lifetime

The longed-for tidal wave of justice can rise up,

And hope and history rhyme.

So hope for a great sea-change

On the far side of revenge.

Believe that a further shore

Is reachable from here.

 --Seamus Heaney

Comment by Loren Miller on December 13, 2017 at 8:10pm

It might be, Chris ... IF he can be objective about his experience.

 

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