Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful


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.

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Started by Cane Kostovski. Last reply by Cane Kostovski Jan 25. 9 Replies

“Here, where a thousandCaptains swore grand conquest. . .TallGrass their monument.”― BashoWhat does this quote mean to you? To me it portrays deep deep effort that was for nothing. Deep Deep Wasted…Continue

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Cane Kostovski Jan 23. 3 Replies

"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

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

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

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Comment by Cane Kostovski on January 24, 2018 at 2:15pm

The Venus Project advocates the breakdown of nationalism.and nation states. They advocate one planet wide technological cooperative if cooperative is the right word. As close to Utopia as we can get. Maybe that's why people don't believe it can be done. They don't think humans can pull it off or even whether humans deserve Utopia. Trump has put this idea of RBE at the forefront of my mind. I'm telling everyone about RBE because I think it is a workable solution to poverty, war, politics, food scarcity everywhere on the planet, universal health care, sustainable energy, everything we would need for a full happy life for everyone. So forgive me if I sound like a broken record.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 24, 2018 at 9:42am

I like it, Bertold, bad grammar and all!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 24, 2018 at 9:01am

Bad grammar but a good thought:

Comment by Loren Miller on January 24, 2018 at 5:40am

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
― Stephen Roberts

Oh, but OURS is THE right one, they will say ... for no other reason than that's the one they grew up with, the one they were indoctrinated in, and of course, the one all their friends believe. This plays a bit to the quote Joan put up below, too, because it isn't just about my nation, team or race. Religion is in there, too, playing the same stupid game.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 24, 2018 at 3:36am

The implication that "My family, or team, or nation, or race is better than yours," surrounds us in personal conversation and all forms of the media. These ideas distort not only how people think but how they act. Policies and practices grow out of these twisted notions. 

I don't understand competition. Oh! I know people will tell me that group cohesion benefits by a team organizing to defeat another. 

I am far more interested in competence, cohesiveness, cooperation that grows out of notions of partnership. How would our life be different if individuals and politics were more interested in including the health and wellbeing of this living planet? 

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind." 
Albert EInstein
I would say, "It is the measles of humankind. 
Comment by Cane Kostovski on January 23, 2018 at 11:24pm

Loren, I didn't look hard enough for the quotations. Since you said that there are 93 pages, it clicked in my head that I need to browse the comments. Thanks for the info. I will be browsing them some tomorrow. Have a good night. And thanks again.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 23, 2018 at 10:11pm

AT, to answer your first question, this group was established in late September of 2017, to take the place of a previous Quotations group which was discontinued.

As for your second question, meaning is in the eye of the beholder.  There are currently 93 pages of quotes and commentary on them.  Many of the quotations posted since this group's inception have meaning to those who participate in it.  If you don't find anything meaningful here, I would suggest you post something that is at least meaningful to you.  Just understand the first sentence of this paragraph.

EVERYONE's mileage may vary.

Comment by Cane Kostovski on January 23, 2018 at 5:13pm

How old is this group? Where are all the meaningful quotes?

Comment by Cane Kostovski on January 23, 2018 at 2:34pm
“Here, where a thousand
Captains swore grand conquest. . .Tall
Grass their monument.”
― Basho
Comment by Patricia on January 23, 2018 at 1:57pm

It was her choice to marry into it, & become brainwashed herself. She was never one to question anything, so we were not surprised that she believed whatever they told her. Its just not pleasant to see her displaying the religious arrogance even though nothing is said in our company.

I knew then though, that a wall would be between us unless her husband finally woke up & smelled the coffee, (unlikely) because it would be him, if anyone, to change her mind.

Thankfully our boys are non-believers.


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