Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

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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.

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The Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 4. 4 Replies

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been reading Andrew L. Seidel’s excellent book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is UN-AMERICAN. Barely four chapters in, Seidel has already…Continue

Tags: rights, The Founding Myth, Seidel, Andrew

"Mr. President ... I Don't Work For You"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 31. 13 Replies

There has been a major shot across President Donald Trump's bow and it came, believe it or not, from Fox News.  Specifically, it came from Fox reporter and commentator Neil Cavuto, in response to a…Continue

Tags: Neil Cavuto, Fox News, Donald Trump

On authority, obedience, and "liberal" vs. "conservative" values

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 1. 1 Reply

Last week Loren shared this quotation in the group comments:But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial…Continue

Tags: politics, purity, loyalty, liberal, conservative

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Craigart14 Jun 1. 6 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2019 at 9:51pm

"You must be the change you want to see in the world."

~ Inaccurately attributed to Gandhi

Gandhi Heritage Portal

https://www.gandhiheritageportal.org/search_result/You%20%E2%80%A8m...

Gandhi's actual quote:

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ... We need not wait to see what others do.”

Comment by Patricia on October 17, 2019 at 12:33pm

We voted in the advance poll, & I hope all eligible US citizens vote when that election comes up.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 17, 2019 at 8:00am

The avalanche has already started. It is too late for the pebbles to vote.
-- Vorlon Ambassador Kosh, Babylon 5, "Believers"

Scary thought, isn't it? And one person CAN, indeed HAS started avalanches or rock slides, whether literal or figurative, with results frequently untoward for all involved, even the instigator.

Could it be I'm talking about current events? Whatever would give you THAT idea? [grin!]

Comment by Loren Miller on October 17, 2019 at 6:03am

Good one, Patricia!

Comment by Patricia on October 16, 2019 at 11:57pm

Comment by Loren Miller on October 16, 2019 at 5:55am

In no instance have . . . the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.
-- James Madison

Mostly because the churches aren't interested in our liberty, but in subjection to them. I can't help but notice that Moses supposedly liberated the Hebrews, only to tie them to HIM and Yahweh. Swell fella...

Comment by Loren Miller on October 15, 2019 at 6:12am

Atheism is the opium of the mathematicians. Atheism is the religion of Mathematics.
― Bill Gaede

Well ... if you're going to be addicted to something, make it something that actually WORKS!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 14, 2019 at 6:10am

Each religion has got their own way of making you feel like a victim. The Christians say "you are a sinner", and you better just zip up your trousers and give the money to the pope and we'll give you a room up in the hotel in the sky.
-- Timothy Leary

The Playboy Interview with Timothy Leary was the first of its kind that I ever read, back in 1967, I believe. Looking back on him, I think he was mostly full of shit, but as regards religion, the quote above is well on point.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2019 at 5:12pm

Religious freedom is the freedom to choose and practice a religion of my choice, as well as understanding no god exists, therefore, no religion has a foundation upon which to stand. If another believes in a god and follows a religion, I have no obligation to respect the religion nor the god. I am obliged to respect the person unless he/she reveals that they are not worthy of my respect. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2019 at 5:05pm

The struggles of the poor of Europe fleeing to the Colonies and States, long ago forgotten, lie in the dusty history books after only a few generations. The stories of immigrant forefathers and mothers go unremembered from generation to generation. 

"We stand on the shoulders of giants."

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Isaac Newton, 1676,

 

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