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

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 Bertold Brautigan on December 29, 2017 at 12:48pm

Chris - nothing about Christmas is disturbing to me because Christmas is just fake news.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 29, 2017 at 6:51am

If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.
― Edmond de Goncourt

The problem is less a god who does not exist than it is the god's followers who DO.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 29, 2017 at 6:48am

Hmph ... more like "Christians aren't perfect, just indoctrinated."

Comment by Chris on December 29, 2017 at 2:19am

Bertold Brautigan

Real, confident atheists don't think it's offensive to say, "Merry Christmas." We think it's adorable.

--The Rude Pundit

Isn't the adorableness of it the most disturbing?

Sort of like the saying "Christians aren't perfect just forgiven?"

Comment by Loren Miller on December 28, 2017 at 6:38pm

They call it Crimestop.  I call it self-censorship ... and I'll be damned if I'll practice it!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 28, 2017 at 6:30pm

becoming fools [cc]

"Due to increasing enquiries from ex-Jehovah's Witnesses, I'm now publishing this previously unlisted easter egg video. "—TT

~Theramin Trees 8/40

George Orwell

“The mind should develop a blind spot whenever a dangerous thought presented itself. The process should be automatic, instinctive. Crimestop, they called it in Newspeak.”

~ George Orwell, 1984

Comment by Gary S on December 28, 2017 at 5:17pm

I like that one Spud!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 28, 2017 at 4:47pm

Great one, Spud!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 28, 2017 at 4:17pm

Love it, Spud: tight, nasty, and to the point ... and it relates to another of my fave quotes:

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
-- Voltaire

And because we won't believe their absurdities, they feel moved to commit atrocities upon us and others ... and if the reality of that isn't currently going on with us, it IS with others. That's something I always keep in mind.

Comment by Patricia on December 28, 2017 at 3:59pm

Hahahaha......didn't realize it was so big until I posted.

 

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