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!

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

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Sep 30. 2 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

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Dan Rather on Alternative Facts

Started by Loren Miller Sep 26. 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 Joan Denoo 2 hours ago

Bertold, priceless one, "Perfect your physics and you will understand Nature better, refine your reason, banish your prejudices and you’ll have no further need of your god."

Marquis de Sade, Dialogue Between a Priest and a Dying Man, 1782

Comment by Idaho Spud 12 hours ago

That's what I think Loren.  Good quote Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan 14 hours ago

Priest: Who is there can penetrate God’s vast and infinite designs regarding man, and who can grasp all that makes up the universal scheme?

Dying man: Anyone who simplifies matters, my friend, anyone, above all, who refrains from multiplying causes in order to confuse effects all the more. What need have you of a second difficulty when you are unable to resolve the first, and once it is possible that Nature may have all along done what you attribute to your god, why must you go looking for someone to be her overlord? The cause and explanation of what you do not understand may perhaps be the simplest thing in the world. Perfect your physics and you will understand Nature better, refine your reason, banish your prejudices and you’ll have no further need of your god.

--Marquis de Sade, Dialogue Between a Priest and a Dying Man, 1782

Comment by Loren Miller 15 hours ago

The last line of that quote of yours is pure gold, Bertold ... most excellent!

Comment by Loren Miller 16 hours ago

All thinking men are atheists.
― Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

Ernest, I'd like you to meet Seth Andrews! Seth, this is Ernest... [chuckle!]

Comment by Gary S yesterday

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.

- Henry David Thoreau

Comment by Thomas Murray yesterday

A note I posted to my two boys....

   "Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you'd be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don't let life randomly kick you into the adult you don't want to become."

Chris Hadfield

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

Welcome, Thomas, and thanks for your contribution to the group.

Comment by Thomas Murray yesterday

 I am in the middle of reading one of Micheal Shermer's book, " Why People Believe in Weird Things" where I read this Carl Sagan's quote,

   "It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas.

   If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you. You never learn anything new. You become a crotchety old person convinced that nonsense is ruling the world. (There is, of course, much data to support you.)

   On the other hand, if you are open to the point of gullibility and have not an ounce of skeptical sense in you, then you cannot distinguish useful ideas from the worthless ones. If all ideas have equal validity then you are lost, because then, it seems to me, no ideas have any validity at all."

“The Burden of Skepticism,” Pasadena lecture (1987)

I am so glad to have read this, and thankful to Carl Sagan.

Loren,

Thank you for taking up the helm of Quotations.

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

All religions bear traces of the fact that they arose during the intellectual immaturity of the human race before it had learned the obligations to speak the truth.  Not one of them makes it the duty of its God to be truthful and understandable in his communications.
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

I posted the above on Daniel's Quotations group back when, and needless to say, its importance hasn't diminished.  There's no sugarcoating the fact: religions LIE to us, and those lies, obfuscations, and vagaries must be called out.

 

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