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.

Discussion Forum

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 1. 3 Replies

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 Loren Miller on January 30, 2020 at 6:44am

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
-- George Bernard Shaw

Let's see here:

  • The theory of evolution is true.
  • Germs spread disease.
  • It is possible for man to fly.
  • There is no god.

That's four. Probably a LOT more around, too.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 29, 2020 at 6:04am

When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.
-- Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Yet another classic which has taken a while to find its way here. Pirsig very correctly identifies the nature of shared hallucination which religion represents. A shame he had no easy cure for it.

Comment by Patricia on January 28, 2020 at 4:13pm

It is well known that the cheapest raw material from which one can make a profit is the stupidity of people.

-----maryplumbago 

Comment by Loren Miller on January 28, 2020 at 5:26am

All men are created unequal.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long

Funny thing, but for all the yap about liberté, égalité, fraternité, we ARE unequal to each other – in perceptiveness, abilities, biases, motivation – just about every parameter you could think of to apply to a human being. Women, too, in case you were wondering. It is for this reason that whatever government is saddled with the job of serving such people MUST all the more be empowered and required to treat with each of them EQUALLY.

Tall task, but there it is.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 27, 2020 at 4:28pm

Loren, it looks like Norton Safe Web has been flagging some of the Ning image servers as hosting dangerous content. I've mentioned the problem under "Report an issue".

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 27, 2020 at 4:25pm

It turns out there are some Christians who don't believe in an eternal hell, but rather that God is too good to condemn people to infinite torture and punishment.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_universalism

An actual quote:

‘‘Universalists believe that God is too good to damn people, and the Unitarians believe that people are too good to be damned by God.’’
--Thomas Starr King

"Unitarian Universalism historically grew out of Christian universalism but is not an exclusively Christian denomination." (Wikipedia)

Comment by Loren Miller on January 27, 2020 at 4:18pm

Peculiar, since it is a NING uploaded image.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 27, 2020 at 4:10pm

Many AN/Ning images are doing that.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 27, 2020 at 3:54pm

When I clicked on your image link I got a blocked dangerous website warning.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 27, 2020 at 3:52pm

ROFL, Loren! Your Charlotte Perkins Gilman quote says it all.

 

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