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

Christianity Founded by a Murderer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman on Saturday. 4 Replies

Constantine did what?As he gained power, he became more suspicious of even family and friends. He ordered them to be put to death by various means.MaximianHis father-in-lawHe impelled to hang…Continue

Tags: baptized, escape, guilt, be, repent


Started by Cane Kostovski. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 18. 16 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on April 1, 2018 at 12:05pm

Masochism and religion are indeed a match, Bertold.  How many times has religion told us that we are worthless without benefit of their deity?  How many different ways did Christopher Hitchens say that Christianity presupposed a situation were we are born sick, then commanded to be well?  They want to play on our insecurities and exploit them for their own benefit.

So what do they do when either 1) we're not insecure or 2) we're okay with being insecure, because we're working on fixing that?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 1, 2018 at 11:08am

Religion and sadomasochism are a marriage made in heaven.

-- me

Comment by Loren Miller on April 1, 2018 at 10:44am

And here is the point, about myself and my co-thinkers. Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.
-- Christopher Hitchens

So well said...

Comment by Patricia on March 31, 2018 at 10:17pm

Excellent, Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 31, 2018 at 10:14pm

As regards your quote, Patricia:

Comment by Cane Kostovski on March 31, 2018 at 8:08pm

Yay Patricia!

Comment by Patricia on March 31, 2018 at 7:13pm


Comment by Loren Miller on March 31, 2018 at 2:31pm

Good question, Cane.  We at least try to deal with that elsewhere on A|N

Comment by Cane Kostovski on March 31, 2018 at 2:24pm

Loren, what about bullying? It is sometimes toted as a way to teach a boy how to be a man...how do you break that cycle?

Comment by Loren Miller on March 31, 2018 at 1:42pm

The sad thing is that there are so many people who are utterly deaf to the idea and the gift which is kindness ... and that they have no concept of what they've missed.


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