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 Joan Denoo Mar 9. 14 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 18, 2018 at 1:30pm


Comment by Loren Miller on February 18, 2018 at 12:36pm

Tom, you were warned about bringing your BB v EU arguments here.  Your comment regarding that issue has been removed.  Do so again and you will be suspended from this group.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 18, 2018 at 7:30am

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
-- Carl Sagan

Living life based on what IS strikes me as a far better approach than based on what is NOT ... but maybe that's just me...

Comment by Loren Miller on February 18, 2018 at 6:35am

Box or cage, religion amounts to the same thing: the artificial imposition of an idea or meme which unnaturally restricts thought and action ... and there is nothing good that comes from that.

Comment by Plinius on February 17, 2018 at 11:51pm

You were in a dark box, Tom, the churches and the parents build them.. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on February 17, 2018 at 11:01pm

Plinius, thank you. When I broke with Catholism I knew I didn’t want a life like my Catholic dad’s life but didn’t know an alternative.

I pictured myself inside a dark box and didn’t know what was outside it. It was not a pleasant experience.

I was in college and in the library found books that compared the major xian religions, the major world religions, and the various origin myths. I read them and knew I had a choice between agnosticism or atheism. I made it easily. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 17, 2018 at 6:29pm

Comment by Plinius on February 17, 2018 at 9:27am

And see us fly!

Comment by Loren Miller on February 17, 2018 at 7:58am

Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.
-- Alejandro Jodorowsky

The above speaks at least a bit to the issue of children indoctrinated with religion. They're brought up with the understanding that certain "truths" are absolute and beyond question, even though they make no logical sense. Shedding those lies once they've been drilled in can be monumentally difficult, and that doesn't even mention the anger and resentment which may follow.

Comment by Plinius on February 16, 2018 at 11:18pm

Tom Sarbeck - for a religious indoctrinated child, growing up in isolation, it's a hell of of a job. You know what you don't want because you see it doesn't work, but to find out the alternatives and how they work costs years.


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