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 Cane Kostovski on February 10, 2018 at 1:15pm

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” 
― Søren Kierkegaard

Comment by Loren Miller on February 10, 2018 at 5:42am

The problem with today’s world is that everyone believes they have the right to express their opinion AND have others listen to it.

The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense!

― Brian Cox

Must confess, I read the above for the first time and just broke the world's biggest smile. How many times have I said it?

No one – No One, NO ONE, NO ONE has the right not to be offended!

Comment by Loren Miller on February 9, 2018 at 5:26am

God is not a fact or a noun. It is an abstract idea working treason against human kind.
-- Clarence Dember

Mr. Dember is no longer an active member of our troupe, but this succinct quote above speaks volumes to his grasp not just of the perfidy of religion but its impact on all of us. It also suggests a reason to be as much anti-theist as atheist, in view of that impact.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 8, 2018 at 11:45pm

My favorite quote, Loren! and he says it so well. 

"Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs."

~ Sam Harris

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 8, 2018 at 10:28pm

Comment by Loren Miller on February 8, 2018 at 8:15pm

I wonder if those Arabs understood that their mullahs, imams, and Allah had their hands on the very same halter

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 8, 2018 at 8:10pm

Ironic how things change.

From the Arabs I learned one thing: if you are led by authority, that means you are led by a halter.

--Adelard

Comment by Loren Miller on February 8, 2018 at 3:58pm

God has a plan.
-- Christians

Some plan!
-- Christopher Hitchens

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 8, 2018 at 3:50pm

Indisputably proving the existence of god, because if the world's fallen, someone had to drop it, didn't she?

Comment by Loren Miller on February 8, 2018 at 3:39pm

The problem with that quote, Bertold, is that every time you bring up the problems with this reality, the believers will say that it's a fallen world, and all these problems are to be expected.

 

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