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 Cane Kostovski on March 31, 2018 at 1:27pm

Right on the money, Bertold.

Comment by Patricia on March 31, 2018 at 1:12pm

Out of favour doesn't mean we can't choose to read his quotes.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 31, 2018 at 12:42pm

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

--Mark Twain

Comment by Loren Miller on March 31, 2018 at 7:39am

Yeah, I know about how Krauss has fallen out of favor because of his antics.  Doesn't make his words any less true.

Comment by Cane Kostovski on March 31, 2018 at 2:46am

Right on, Patricia

Comment by Patricia on March 31, 2018 at 2:20am

Comment by Loren Miller on March 30, 2018 at 7:44pm

What that old saying expresses to me, Joan, is a circumstance where one is AT HOME, in one's element, where action becomes natural, unforced, and near-automatic.

I think fishing gets the focus because it involves very little activity until the bait is taken, whereupon all manner or craziness ensues.  Still, the majority of the time is in quiet waiting and therewith the opportunity for self-reflection and appreciation of one's surroundings.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2018 at 7:03pm

Loren, I like that, except I would hope the gods do not subtract from the allotted span of my life the hours spent in the garden. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 30, 2018 at 6:29pm

The gods do not subtract from the allotted span of men's lives the hours spent fishing.
-- Anon

This was a sentiment I first read in Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land ... and while I'm not a fisherman, I see its point.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2018 at 5:32pm


"Since water still flows, though we cut it with swords

And sorrow returns, though we drown it with wine,

Since the world can in no way answer to our craving, I will loosen my hair tomorrow and take to a fishing boat."

- Li Po


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