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 31, 2017 at 5:24pm

Wow, Patricia, that one packs a vicious punch if you think about it. And it reminds me of this gem from Iris Murdoch:

Man is a creature who makes pictures of himself, and then comes to resemble the picture.

Comment by Patricia on December 31, 2017 at 5:10pm

Rather a sharp sword, huh?

Comment by Patricia on December 31, 2017 at 2:49pm

Certain patterns in the modern world are to be expected when most people bow down before a blood thirsty, deceptive, oppressive, entity who has humanity by the throat in a long standing abusive relationship.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 31, 2017 at 7:25am

The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals.
― Christopher Hitchens

Possibly the one reason why I find the bible so problematic in this day and age is because of This Day and Age ... when we can have at least an attempt at egalitarianism, where the concept if not the reality of equality between sexes and skin colors can be posited and practiced, in places if not universally. I could ask how the bible manages to survive in such a culture, but we already know the answer to that one ... and we still have a lot of work to do to correct that situation.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 31, 2017 at 7:09am

I agree about the Orwell.  1984 is a singularly UGLY novel, but it should be required reading for the very picture it paints and how it delivers its message.  As it comes to dystopian fiction, I feel the same way about Huxley's Brave New World, though in some ways, that novel is even uglier.  I remember reading it decades ago, then trying to reread it and finding I couldn't; it was that disturbing.

Comment by Plinius on December 31, 2017 at 1:11am

Joan, the Orwell quotes are from his novel 1984. I know you don't like novels, but this is a must-read.

Comment by Gary S on December 30, 2017 at 11:50pm

Joan and Compelledunbeliever, I like your quotes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2017 at 11:39pm

"Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality but by the higher duty I owe myself. What would you think me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death."

~ Eugene V. Debs: -  1908 speech

Comment by Compelledunbeliever on December 30, 2017 at 2:15pm

"Theological degrees may be the biggest impediment in the study of the history of the bible"  Compelledunbeliever 

Comment by Chris on December 30, 2017 at 8:57am

That's a classic Loren.

Reincarnated weiners maybe difficult to find.

More relish on that?

chuckle.

 

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