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 Monday

Comment by Joan Denoo on Monday

Comment by Joan Denoo on Sunday

Thomas, great word-picture! 

You contribute powerfully here; no need to have any negative feelings about your ability to keep up. You perform like a lion!

Comment by Loren Miller on Sunday

We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.
― Gene Roddenberry

Which correlates to a quote from a somewhat different source:

Thanks, Winston.

Comment by Thomas Murray on Sunday

Joan,

You're welcome. Being an extreme late bloomer in just about everything, I wasn't sure if I could contribute here among atheists who been around for a long while. Sort of like I am a kitten among lions.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Sunday

Loren, I heartily agree with your statement about whining, bitching, moaning, to what good end. 

We need action, write letters and make phone calls to our congresspeople, bring the issues to public attention, develop our rationale to support our statements, participate in fundraising and mailings, challenge the opposition in respectful, specific, concrete ways, don't tolerate hedging on issues. 

How to Turn a Red State Purple (Democrats Not Required)

“Frequently, the people you really want in office are the people who have a life.” “They have jobs, and successful businesses, and other stuff.” But these are a necessary condition to turning around the unwieldy ship of a state Legislature. “You want the best possible people in those positions. It’s not going to happen by accident.”

~ Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, member of the Alaska House of Representatives

Comment by Joan Denoo on Sunday

Thomas, thanks for the full version of An Atheist Manifesto by Joseph Lewis! I bought his book and see he has many other titles that interest me. 

Comment by Gary S on Saturday

When religion gets into the driving seat, all hell breaks loose.

- Salman Rushdie

Comment by Idaho Spud on Saturday

I like the essay by Joseph Lewis.

Comment by Loren Miller on Saturday

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
– Edmund Burke

At times I wonder ... how many people who bitch about Trump or some other issue do nothing other than that – bitch.  Do they write their congresspeople?  Do they march?  Do they take substantive action against the problem or just bemoan the problem?

 

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