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.

Discussion Forum


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 Loren Miller on February 15, 2018 at 5:36am

To 'choose' dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid.
― Christopher Hitchens

And we all know how well that Kool-Aid worked out with Jim Jones now, don't we?

Comment by Loren Miller on February 15, 2018 at 5:33am

An attitude with which I am very familiar, Joan.  Thanks for rephrasing it in your own words.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2018 at 11:13pm

“I am,” “I see, hear, smell, taste, feel, need, do, act, hurt, enjoy, confront, overpower, submit, play, hunt, fish, fly, dive, control, fear, compare, think, reason, analyze, choose, decide, like, dislike, reject, hold, follow, stand, and etc,”

`I am responsible for my happiness, safety, security, and stability. 

No one makes me happy, sad, mad, glad, competent, or confident. 

Comment by Loren Miller on February 14, 2018 at 8:33pm

I own a copy of Godless and have read it as well.  It's a damned good read and not just about Dan's deconversion.  Highly recommended.

Comment by Patricia on February 14, 2018 at 2:02pm

Well worth the read.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 14, 2018 at 2:00pm

I've not yet read it and don't own it.

Comment by Patricia on February 14, 2018 at 1:37pm

I own that book.

Comment by Plinius on February 14, 2018 at 12:04pm

Very true!

Comment by Loren Miller on February 14, 2018 at 11:55am

Barker nails it and no surprise at all.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 14, 2018 at 11:15am

Nice one, Spud. So true!


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