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 Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14. 2 Replies

The word “Permaculture” is the combination of the two words “permanent” and “agriculture.” It is a method of agricultural philosophy that allows gardeners to create and sustain growing food in a way…Continue

Tags: production, shelter, food, permaculture, Mollison

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 10. 5 Replies

On 31 May, 2018, Joan Denoo posted a most excellent quote from David Hume: That quote was well deserving of a response, which is the following:The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever…Continue

Tags: flawed, vulnerable, emotion, god

Will McAvoy's Rant: "America Is NOT the World's Greatest Country"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 3 Replies

Aaron Sorkin has a habit of swinging for the fences when he writes political commentary as entertainment for television.  This was first evinced in the network television series, The West Wing, and…Continue

Tags: The Newsroom, Will McAvoy, Aaron Sorkin

Ingersoll Day August 11th

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Aug 12. 2 Replies

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)"When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood…Continue

Tags: fearless, joyous, freedom, Day, agnostic

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Comment by Loren Miller on November 21, 2018 at 6:03am

The extremists have shown what frightens them the most – a girl with a book.
-- Malala Yousafzai

With their AK-47s and their RPGs and IEDs, the one thing the Taliban can't deal with is a woman with an education! How pathetic is that?

Comment by Patricia on November 20, 2018 at 1:23pm

Great line!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 20, 2018 at 5:25am

Nobody wins when the prize is hate.
-- Aretha Franklin, "Take a Look"

There was a DJ on WCFL-AM who used to close his show with that song, and that last line always stuck with me. In the here and now, it is no less poignant; indeed, it is probably more important than ever.

Comment by Plinius on November 19, 2018 at 12:41pm

I can play it a little, but haven't played for years. Fool's Mate is a good translation for our gekkenmat.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 19, 2018 at 11:43am

I've heard it called, "Fool's Mate," but I'm hardly traveled in the chess world.  Chess is a game where I can read the notes, but I really don't hear the music.

Comment by Plinius on November 19, 2018 at 8:12am

I was still puzzling about the words - do you call it fools' checkmate too?

Comment by Loren Miller on November 19, 2018 at 7:42am

Mate in four, Chris.  That's exactly what I was thinking.

Comment by Plinius on November 19, 2018 at 7:18am

Fools' checkmate?

Comment by Loren Miller on November 19, 2018 at 6:19am

I should say, too, Chris: that Emily Dickinson quote is excellent!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 19, 2018 at 5:28am

Bill Maher: Gary, how many moves would it take to beat Trump at a game of chess?
Gary Kasparov: I feel insulted. I have to defend the integrity of my game, because we play by the rules.
-- Real Time with Bill Maher, 16 November, 2018

All things considered, I would wonder at Trump's ability to master Tic-Tac-Toe, let alone chess!


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