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.

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

Tags: archived, opt in, opt-in, archive, republished

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 Chris on December 17, 2017 at 9:14pm

Some may find FAIR a href="https://fair.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://fair.org/ >

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting interesting.

There is alsoMedia Matters.  a href="https://www.mediamatters.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.mediamatters.org/ >,

or your local commedy TV show.

Most commercial news - be it print, or press is about

Manufacturing Consent.   and selling advertizing space.

I used to subscribe to weeklys such as Time, and U.S. News and World Report until they started covering sensationalism such as  Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding, and the OJ Simpson trial.   Looking at that didn't appear any different than entertainment.

Why aren't  Investigative reporters given enough room for their pieces on TV news or dailies?.   Short attention span of the viewers and readers?

Thankjfully there are libraries and other public avenues for discemenating information.

Comment by Patricia on December 17, 2017 at 1:22pm

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Comment by Patricia on December 17, 2017 at 1:22pm

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Comment by Patricia on December 17, 2017 at 1:17pm

Always strings attached, no matter the script.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 17, 2017 at 9:35am

Many religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands, like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar. They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift, competing as they do in a marketplace. But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse.
― Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great

The business of selling pigs in pokes gets harder all the time, because more shoppers want to SEE the merchandise ... and the less there is to see, the less they are likely to buy.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 16, 2017 at 9:35pm

Chris, there are those who have a measure of control over their own lives and those who don't.  For those who don't, whose lives are purely about survival, the Bennett quote is hardly applicable.  For those who do have such control, the question becomes: do they exercise that control and if so, in what direction and why?

Some people think they either are not their brothers' and sisters' keeper but that they shouldn't be burdened with such a responsibility, indeed, ever those who are tasked with it, like, for instance, Senators and House members.  Those capable of choice need to be held accountable for their choices ... particularly so that we can empower those for whom such choice is not available.

Comment by Chris on December 16, 2017 at 8:43pm

Joan all of the things you meantionged and more.

Some things are worth fighting to change, other things aren't.

Tilting at widnmills doesn't work unless one knows something about about the wind driving them.

Comment by Gary S on December 16, 2017 at 6:49pm

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.

- George Bernard Shaw

Comment by Loren Miller on December 16, 2017 at 6:38am

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

In an age where words by the trillions are flying about the internet, kids commit suicide because of cyber-bullying, and trash talk in political fora threaten to escalate to nuclear conflict, I think it's important to remember that it isn't the words that are the problem; It's How We REACT To Them!!!

Nota Bene.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2017 at 4:40am

Chris, I agree with your statement, "tell  oppressed people. that. It's nonesense fantacy - sort of like religion."

On the other hand, how many times have you heard someone complain about their marriage, a job, the government, the laws, their in-laws, the weather, the pro-climate change people, the anti-climate change people, and on and on?

The whinine and complaining change nothing. 

If a marriage is bad, one can stay and be unhappy, get a divorce and maybe be happy, or stay in the marriage and chose to be happy, even if the marriage stinks. 

Working in a job where one is unhappy present a choice to the worker. He or she can stay and whine and complain and be unhappy, or leave. Does the leaving solve one's problems? 

I grouse about government, get angry, frustated, disgusted. What are my choices?

Continue to complain, 

Call my representatives to complain directly to them, 

Discuss with others the things that I don't like, 

Write letters to the editors, 

Invite others to learn about the issues, 

Put my head in a book and not surface until the next election cycle, 

Deny that I am angry, frustrated, disgusted, 

Pretend all is well with the world, 

Repress my feelings, 

Get drunk, 

Smoke some weed, 

Take tranquilizers, 

Go work in the greenhouse, 

There must be a dozen or more options. 

 

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