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!

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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Basho

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 Tom Sarbeck on February 6, 2018 at 3:57pm

Republicans fear getting out of the bed they started making sixty years ago when their far right, calling Eisenhower a communist sympathizer, expelled moderates.

Fear, hell. They are terrified.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 6, 2018 at 7:44am
  • With the blessing of Republican leaders, the lickspittle wing of the GOP is now firmly in charge. The existence of reckless partisans such as Nunes is hardly surprising. The nearly uniform cowardice among elected Republicans is staggering. One is left wishing that Obamacare covered spine transplants. The Republican-led Congress is now an adjunct of the White House. The White House is now an adjunct of Trump’s chaotic will.

--Michael Gerson

And Esquire columnist Charles Pierce has been referring to the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee as

  • Devin Nunes (R, White House lawn ornament)
Comment by Loren Miller on February 6, 2018 at 7:25am

If you're an atheist, you know, you believe, this is the only life you're going to get. It's a precious life. It's a beautiful life. Its something we should live to the full, to the end of our days. Where if you're religious and you believe in another life somehow, that means you don't live this life to the full because you think you're going to get another one. That's an awfully negative way to live a life. Being a atheist frees you up to live this life properly, happily and fully.
― Richard Dawkins

No comment really needed here. Dawkins says it well and brilliantly.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2018 at 9:34pm

Loren, thank you for the addition of the theories of Creationism vs. Evolution. My list is getting very interesting. 

Creationism vs, Evolution
”Teach both theories; Let the kids decide”

Are we actually so naive that we think children have the cognitive ability to make good decisions during their school age? Maybe youngsters will be wise about alchemy and phrenology, even if those topics present much less difficult to learn than chemistry and neurology but what about that period of their lives when their hormones kick in and their decision making tool moves from the brain to their gonads?

Tell me, do you really believe that young adults can think with anything but their gonads? "Males have testicles, or testes, as their gonads, and females have ovaries as their gonads. ... The function of the gonads is to produce gametes for reproduction and secrete sex hormones?"

Theory of Creationism vs. Theory of Evolution
alchemy vs. chemistry
phrenology vs. neurology
magic vs. physics
astrology vs. astronomy
stork theory vs. biological reproduction   ~ Judith Hayes > Loren Miller

phlogiston vs. chemistry ~ Loren Miller
ether vs. light ~ Loren Miller

Word Count 186

Comment by Patricia on February 5, 2018 at 1:25pm

I printed out all the online posts J. Hayes did.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 5, 2018 at 8:13am

I enjoy the Judith Hayes quote every time I hear it.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 5, 2018 at 5:42am

If we are going to teach 'creation science' as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction.
-- Judith Hayes

And while we're at it, throw in the phlogiston theory of chemistry and the ether theory of light, at minimum!

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 4, 2018 at 4:42pm

Loren, glad you liked it as much as I did.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 4, 2018 at 2:04pm

Spud, that one is HILARIOUS!

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 4, 2018 at 12:04pm

Can allopathy and homeopathic medicine be taken together?

Yes.

In fact, doctors often recommend taking your pills with water.

 

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