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 Patricia on January 3, 2018 at 1:16pm

And.....they vote, & reproduce.......

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 3, 2018 at 8:32am

I could listen to very little that flat earther had to say, that Aron Ra was talking with.  He was just too irritating.  In my 50 years as a believer, I was never that stupid.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 3, 2018 at 7:10am

I agree, Chris. It's a willful, weaponized ignorance and they will always see it as a feature, not a bug. The same quality of logic that enables people to think the earth is flat and 6K years old enables them to think Christianity is being "persecuted" because they can't inflict it on everyone. (So far anyway) 

Wars don't determine who's right, only who's left.

               --Gregory Benford

Comment by Loren Miller on January 3, 2018 at 7:01am

Acknowledged and stipulated, Chris.  Compartmentalization is the only way they can survive, it seems.

Comment by Plinius on January 3, 2018 at 6:56am

You can't do anything about them - they pride themselves in their doublethink.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 3, 2018 at 5:49am

The Church says that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow of the Earth on the Moon and I have more faith in the shadow than in the Church.
-- attributed to Ferdinand Magellan

Recently, Aron Ra has been tackling Flat Earthers, people who actually believe that our planet is not the oblate spheroid we all know it to be, but FLAT, as the bible describes it.  Apparently, their belief in their holy book is so obdurate that no amount of evidence will move them to accept the facts of the matter.  Honestly, this brand of determined ignorance is the most frightening, the kind which would accept that 2+2=5 and try to incorporate that into one's life, if the bible asserted such an aberration.

Seriously ... what do we do about such people?

Comment by Gary S on January 2, 2018 at 10:31pm

When I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies I no longer touch earth with my feet: I stand in the presence of Zeus himself.

- Ptolemy

Comment by Patricia on January 2, 2018 at 1:55pm

Religion has had its chance for centuries. Long past time to back off for something else to step up to the plate.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 2, 2018 at 1:50pm

Very true, Patricia. The old, trite model of shepherds and sheep is too much on point to be ignored.

Comment by Patricia on January 2, 2018 at 1:11pm

 

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