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 Idaho Spud on February 13, 2018 at 2:11pm

You had me worried for a second there, Ricky.

Comment by Patricia on February 13, 2018 at 2:02pm

More Ricky!

Comment by Loren Miller on February 13, 2018 at 5:54am

I see Atheists are fighting and killing each other again, over who doesn't believe in any God the most. Oh, no..wait.. that never happens.
― Ricky Gervais

Yeah ... funny thing, that.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on February 12, 2018 at 5:38am

With 7.2 and counting billion actors in the drama, isn't the stage rather crowded?

Comment by Loren Miller on February 12, 2018 at 5:29am

It doesn't seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil - which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama.
― Richard Feynman

Considering the size of the Earth, by comparison with the several quintillion cubic light-years which describes the current volume of the universe ... yeah, it is rather a bit absurd, isn't it?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 11, 2018 at 9:48pm

I think was C of E. As we learned from Monty Python they can wrap their willies, and their preachers can get married.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 11, 2018 at 6:55pm

Interesting technicality as regards your quote, Bertold: bishops should NOT have ANY kids!  Yet how many of that rank in the RCC DO have kids?  Illegitimate by legal marriage standards, but still genetically THEIR KIDS!  I'd be more than a couple.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 11, 2018 at 12:53pm

I'd rather have an ape for an ancestor than a bishop.

--Thomas Henry Huxley

Comment by Loren Miller on February 11, 2018 at 10:08am

One cannot speak truth to power if power has no use for truth.
-- James Rivington, “Turn: Washington’s Spies”

Gee, timely much? It seems to me that the only "truth" that Donald John Trump is interested in is power, and the hallucination of reality he maintains in his own head. The only way it seems to dislodge that malevolence is to remove the man from the position. An extreme solution, to be sure, but one which is apropos for the extreme problem that currently obtains.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 10, 2018 at 1:44pm

DAMN, AT ... do you think a certain Commander in Chief reflects Kierkegaard's quote there?  Maybe just a little? [grin!]

 

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