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

"If Right Doesn't Matter, We're Lost." (Adam Schiff)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia 23 hours ago. 1 Reply

This is a bit rushed, but I wanted to post Adam Schiff's closing statement to the impeachment trial on 24 January 2020.  This is potent stuff, and it speaks to Schiff's integrity and determination to…Continue

Tags: statement, impeachment, Adam Schiff

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

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 18, 2019. 2 Replies

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

The Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 4, 2019. 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, 2019. 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

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Comment by Randall Smith on December 18, 2019 at 6:51am

Some good ones, Loren. Vonnegut was a Hoosier, you know.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 18, 2019 at 5:34am

Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.
-- Kurt Vonnegut

Mostly because behaving decently greases the wheels between us and our neighbors and makes things in general run better and smoother, which makes sense ... at least to most of us.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 17, 2019 at 5:48am

The truly scary thing about such people is that they don't WANT to live their own lives.  Most of them are afraid of offending the god they've created and they would rather be robots or puppets than thinking, critical beings.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 16, 2019 at 5:01am

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
-- Hanlon's Razor

Yet another "razor" which I have only learned about recently. The sad problem with this one is the current administration, which seems to be equally facile with both malice AND stupidity!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 15, 2019 at 7:16am

I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
-- Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

So would I, Doug, so would I...

Comment by Loren Miller on December 14, 2019 at 7:12am

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything — you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.
-- Robert A. Heinlein

And I intend to make certain that accomplishing that last will be exceptionally difficult, if not impossible.  I LIKE my life ... and I mean to defend it.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 13, 2019 at 6:57am

Inspect every piece of pseudo-science and you will find a security blanket, a thumb to suck, a skirt to hold.
--Isaac Asimov

Add to that someone who wants something to be true which is not only demonstrably untrue but bordering on impossible.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 12, 2019 at 5:04am

President Trump has solicited for an interference before. He is doing it now, and he will do it again. The smoking gun is already reloaded, and whether or not it gets fired , that's up to us.
-- Rep. Pramila Jayapal, House Judicial Committee

The above was recorded last night, 11 December, 2019, in the chambers of that committee. I wasn't aware of Representative Jayapal until that time. My suspicion is that this isn't the last we will hear from her.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 11, 2019 at 2:13pm

Thanks for the Einstein clarification, Loren.

Good quotes, Grinning Cat.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 11, 2019 at 6:43am

It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
-- Albert Einstein

With you 100%, Albert.


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