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

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

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Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 19, 2017. 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, 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

Dan Rather on Alternative Facts

Started by Loren Miller Sep 26, 2017. 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 Joan Denoo on December 19, 2017 at 3:13pm

Patriotism, when blind to reality, looks like a person wrapped up in a U.S. flag, denying what is real, claiming attributes that are not there, projecting onto others blame for what does not work, suppressing the obvious shortcomings, and claiming The U.S.A. is better than other countries. 

The ordinary person wants to be left alone to love, work, and play without the intrusion of government. Most want the basics of food, shelter, clothing, education, healthcare, and transportation. It is possible to have a society that empowers individuals, not corporations as persons, to develop to their full capacity. Just leave them alone and they will figure out how to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Working class people do not want to send our sons and daughters off to fight wars that benefit only the wealthy. If there is a war worth fighting, all have to be called up to fight it. We don't live in a time when the wealthy can pay their way out of fighting in our wars. 

Working class people need to be able to afford education through to a terminal degree. Other nations can manage it; U.S. has the wealth great enough to fund education for those with aptitude. If we allow wealth to determine who gets an education, we put our lives into the hands of a class that may not consider the proletariat or the Earth. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 19, 2017 at 5:23am

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
-- Samuel Johnson

I would amend the above to say, "Uncritical or Blind patriotism," which would be more accurate. As regards that, I suspect there is no attitude more dangerous than: "my country, right or wrong." It should surprise no one that, perhaps 50 years ago, Playboy magazine had an article in one issue entitled, "My Country, Far Right or Wrong," as an exemplar of those most likely to hold such opinions.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 18, 2017 at 10:15pm

I find that I cannot agree with the Amis quote.  Words are one thing; actions quite another.  Words might make a first impression, but actions and their impact may (and damned well SHOULD) be more lasting.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 18, 2017 at 6:39pm

We are all of us held together by words; and when words go, nothing much remains.

--Martin Amis

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 18, 2017 at 12:19pm

I like those quotes, Patricia and Thomas.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 18, 2017 at 11:20am

While it's not the entire answer by a long shot, I think we can lay a lot of the blame for Christianity's persistence in the West to Constantine, sad to say.

Comment by Chris on December 18, 2017 at 11:15am

Interesting how Abrahamic myth has taken hold while ignoring Asian  myth.

Regardless it's all myth.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 18, 2017 at 10:04am

A damned good quote, Thomas, and important as hell.

Comment by Thomas Murray on December 18, 2017 at 10:03am

“The moment you say that any idea system is sacred, whether it’s a religious belief system or a secular ideology, the moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible.”

Salman Rushdie

Comment by Loren Miller on December 18, 2017 at 6:27am

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
-- Abraham Lincoln

I submit that any dogma, doctrine, or dictum which does not change as new things are learned is not only useless, it is potentially worse than useless, because of its inability or unwillingness to adapt to novel situations. This is precisely what Lincoln was expressing here, and it is amazing to me how people will continue to cling to their holy books, as though they have the answer to everything, when their answers are too often pat pablum which answer nothing and solve nothing.

 

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