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 24, 2020 at 6:09am

No Constitution can protect us if right doesn't matter anymore, and you know you can't trust this president to do what's right for this country. You can trust he will do what's right for Donald Trump. He'll do it now; he's done it before. He'll do it for the next several months. He'll do it in the election if he's allowed to. This is why if you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed because right matters, because right matters.
-- Congressman Adam Schiff

These powerful words and many before it were how House Manager Adam Schiff closed yesterday's Senate Impeachment session, and if there are those who wish to dismantle our democracy for their own purposes, Schiff and his cohorts have shown me that they are unwilling to let that happen without a fight. For that and all their effort in this lousy situation, I salute them.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 23, 2020 at 11:22pm

Well the 2oo year old experiment is crumbling in our hands. Watching GOP Senators destroy the last control holding back Imperial Presidency, these past few days, is mightily depressing. <sigh>

Stephen Colbert calls it de-mock-racy.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 23, 2020 at 6:10am

The Newtonian principles of gravitation is more firmly established, on the basis of reason, then it would be where the government to step in, and make it an article of necessary Faith. Reason and experiment have been indulged, and error has fled before them. It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
-- Thomas Jefferson

The above quote was used in Andrew Seidel's brilliant book, The Founding Myth. He asserts that the founders were DOING EXPERIMENTS, using their understanding of political and social theory to determine how to structure the government of the United States and NOT rely of religious faith. What a concept, eh?

Comment by Loren Miller on January 22, 2020 at 5:58am

belief is the death of intelligence.
-- Robert Anton Wilson

Indeed, undisciplined belief, not based in what IS, can annihilate intelligence, by overrunning it with nonsense and specious concepts which have nothing to do with reality. This is why I subscribe to the following:

I don't want to believe; I want to know.
-- Carl Sagan

Comment by Loren Miller on January 21, 2020 at 4:00pm

Even then, Ruth, as go the men, so go the corporations, and we'll have our Elon Musks on one side as surely as we'll have our Koch Brothers on the other ... or Brother, now, I guess.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 21, 2020 at 2:43pm

Loren, William Penn didn't have to deal with malevolent corporations. We're not just dealing with human beings as free agents and their governments now. Also, the distortion introduced by algorithms which monetize hate and fear in social media. 

Comment by Patricia on January 21, 2020 at 12:35pm

Straight forward & simple. Not rocket science.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 21, 2020 at 6:39am

The truth is what the facts are.
-- Aron Ra

And anyone who wishes to argue that statement makes their orientation to reality questionable at best!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 20, 2020 at 7:57am

Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men, than men upon governments. Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad; if it be ill, they will cure it. But, if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavor to warp and spoil it to their turn.
-- William Penn

And all you have to do is take a look at the US government of the here and now to confirm Penn's statement.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 19, 2020 at 7:15am

I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
-- Richard Dawkins

Among the most frightening of the facets of Christian indoctrination is their attempt to tamp down on curiosity. Supposedly, "goddidit" should be good enough ... except that it isn't, not for me, not for anyone else who wants to embrace this world as it is, rather than as they would have us believe it is.

 

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