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!

Discussion Forum

Would you like your old "Quotation of the Day" quotes republished?

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Chris Dec 18, 2017. 12 Replies

I saved the comments from the previous quotations group the day before it was cleared and closed. Its creator feels strongly that people's comments (though they were posted publicly) shouldn't be…Continue

Tags: archived, opt in, opt-in, archive, republished

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 19, 2017. 1 Reply

"The religious right was not born out of opposition to Roe v. Wade. It was born out of opposition to Brown v. Board."~ …Continue

Tags: Roe, right, v., Wade, Board

Air Force Academy leader delivers powerful speech on race after slurs found in dorms (CBS News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Nov 2, 2017. 5 Replies

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The leader of the Air Force Academy delivered a poignant and stern message on race relations in a speech to thousands of cadets after someone wrote racial slurs on message…Continue

Tags: Silveria, Jay, Gen., , Air, Force, Academy", racism

Dan Rather on Alternative Facts

Started by Loren Miller Sep 26, 2017. 0 Replies

I originally submitted this piece to Daniel W.'s group, "Quotation of the Day," some months ago.  I thought it was important enough to repost here.  Please enjoy.…Continue

Tags: Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, alternative facts, Dan Rather

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Comment by Thomas Murray 3 hours ago

When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?” This title offends all three major religions, and even vegetarians! "
George Carlin

I wonder... Will that work the next time J.W.s come knocking at my door?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan 6 hours ago

Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool.

--Voltaire

Comment by Loren Miller 6 hours ago

I think that God that we have created and allowed to shape our culture through, essentially Christian theology is a pretty villainous creature. I think that one of the things that male patriarchal figure has done is, allowed under it's, his church, his wing, all kinds of corruptions and villainies to grow and fester. In the name of that God terrible wars have been waged, in the name of that God terrible sexism has been allowed to spread. There are children being born all across this world that don't have enough food to eat because that God, at least his church, tells the mothers and fathers that they must procreate at all costs, and to prevent procreation with a condom is in contravention with his laws. Now, I don't believe that God exists. I think that God is creation of men, by men, and for men. What has happened over the many centuries now, the better part of two thousand in fact, is that that God has been slowly and steadily accruing power. His church has been accruing power, and the men who run that church, and they are all men, are not about to give it up. If they give it up, they give up luxury, they give up comfort.
― Clive Barker

Clive, I think you pretty well nailed it!  In fact, the above bears an interesting resemblance to the first sentence of Chapter Two from Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion!

Comment by Loren Miller 19 hours ago

Idaho, you've probably heard this one, same as I have:

A beneficent god wouldn't need to be worshiped.
A narcissistic god would demand it.
-- Anon.

Comment by Idaho Spud 20 hours ago

True, Patricia.

Comment by Patricia 20 hours ago

Sunday isn't exempt either.

Comment by Idaho Spud 20 hours ago

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Ernest W. Adams
Comment by Bertold Brautigan yesterday

No argument on that, Loren. At the same time, the religious reich's support of a certain person who's turned the whitehouse into a shithole would seem to indicate that they don't serve ideas as much as they use the repugnant ideas to justify serving themselves.

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

When a person serves an idea more than the idea serves the person, Something Is Wrong.
-- me

This is a concept which I would HOPE would be self-evident, yet it isn't. Indeed, it's right up there with:

Christianity alters your identity to insure the survival of ITSELF.
-- from Prplfox's video series - http://ning.it/R2isGS

Religions demand our service, at least in the form of belief, and they return very little of substance as benefit.  This fact needs to be recognized and opposed, and the sooner, the better.

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."

~ Socrates

 

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