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 Patricia on March 1, 2018 at 2:15pm

Sounds about right.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 1, 2018 at 5:00am

I studied every page of this book, and I didn't find enough love to fill a salt shaker. God is not love in the Bible; God is vengeance, from Alpha to Omega.
― Ruth Hurmence Green

The more I read of Ms. Green's quotes, the more I wish she were still around, 'cuz she's clearly our kind of people. At some point, I may have to pick up her opus, The Born Again Skeptic's Guide To The Bible. I get the feeling that it might be worth the time invested.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 28, 2018 at 6:46am

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

Or, as Ellie Arroway of Carl Sagan's Contact once opined, "So if it's just us... seems like an awful waste of space!"

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 27, 2018 at 10:55pm

Great stuff, Loren. Thanks for all. The Quentin Crisp quote had me laughing out loud.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 27, 2018 at 5:54pm

Thanks, Spud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 27, 2018 at 10:44am

I like and am saving your quote Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 27, 2018 at 5:19am

… religion relies, indeed almost completely DEPENDS on its followers' LACK of self-esteem. If it didn't, it wouldn't talk about sin, about being separate from god, or the massive machinations required to gain their god's favor and forgiveness. As Hitch himself said, it wants to allege that we are "created sick, then commanded to be well," using a process which in no way assures that the end will ever be achieved.
-- me

I once said that religion is systematized irrationality. Turns out it's also systematized abuse.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 26, 2018 at 8:00pm

Human society has progressed because it has learned to require of its members both rebellion and respect, and because it has discovered social mechanisms that over time balance those qualities.

--Lee Smolin

Comment by Loren Miller on February 26, 2018 at 5:44am

The final test of truth is ridicule. Very few dogmas have ever faced it and survived.
-- H.L. Mencken

A modern-day corollary to the above came from the 2009 Center for Inquiry's Blasphemy Contest:

The reason religious beliefs need protection from ridicule is that they are ridiculous.
-- Michael Nugent

Once again, no additional commentary needed.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 25, 2018 at 6:20am

I am unable to believe in a God susceptible to prayer. I simply haven't the nerve to imagine a being, a force, a cause which keeps the planets revolving in their orbits, and then suddenly stops in order to give me a bicycle with three speeds.
-- Quentin Crisp

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
-- Emo Philips

No further comment necessary, really.


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