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 Patricia on Friday. 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 Loren Miller on December 2, 2019 at 8:34am

Not just lazy but stupid, expecting an answer from something that doesn't exist!

Comment by Plinius on December 2, 2019 at 8:30am

So praying to the gods shows you're lazy...

Comment by Loren Miller on December 2, 2019 at 6:01am

Labor is the only prayer that nature answers.
-- Robert G. Ingersoll

Because something that doesn't exist cannot answer! Funny thing, that.

Comment by Patricia on December 1, 2019 at 12:36pm

Good one.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 1, 2019 at 5:48am

The world is so exquisite with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there’s little good evidence. Far better it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.
-- Carl Sagan

Nothing to add to that. Nothing at all...

Comment by Loren Miller on November 30, 2019 at 7:12am

Is it the extremists who are corrupting Islam, or is it the moderates who are sanitizing it?
-- Ali Rizvi, from Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Good question. I just watched Islam and the Future of Tolerance, and it is nothing short of brilliant, particularly for the participation of Maajid Nawaz and, of course, Sam Harris. Powerful stuff and worth your time.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 29, 2019 at 7:51am

Dr. Walter Gibbs: [laughs] You've got to expect some static. After all, computers are just machines; they can't think.
Alan Bradley: Some programs will be thinking soon.
Dr. Walter Gibbs: Won't that be grand? Computers and the programs will start thinking and the people will stop.
-- Tron, Walt Disney Studios, 1982

The above fictional conversation happened not quite 40 years ago, just as the impact of the personal computer was beginning to be felt on the American populace. Now we have computers in the palms of our hands in cell phones ... and just how prophetic have Walter Gibbs' words become?

Comment by Loren Miller on November 28, 2019 at 7:23am

Man is the Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Ani­mal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion – several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself, and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven. He was at it in the time of the Caesars, he was at it in Mahomet's time, he was at it in the time of the Inquisition, he was at it in France a couple of cen­turies, he was at it in England in Mary's day, he has been at it ever since he first saw the light, he is at it today in Crete (as per the telegrams quoted above), he will be at it somewhere else tomor­row.
-- Mark Twain, The Lowest Animal

Old Homo sapiens too often isn't very "sapiens" in his dealings with the planet and his fellow "homos." Still, I think we've come at least a little ways since Mr. Clemons penned the above, though some have held onto the coarser nature which doubtless inspired that piece.  I would say that the least each of us can do is keep our own houses in order and treat others as we would be treated.  Seems to me I read that somewhere.

Happy Thanksgiving to those of us in the States.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 27, 2019 at 6:46am

In order to create a hatred-free society, the upcoming generations must receive authentic knowledge about the evolution of gods. Schoolbooks must teach the origin of life, anthropology and a brief history of each major religion. Students must learn when, why and how humans invented gods and religions
-- Ajay Kansal, The Evolution of Gods

There are a LOT of evangelicals out there who wouldn't be wild for the lessons Ajay proposes here. That doesn't change the necessity of their at least being taught, because the fact remains: WE created the gods. THEY didn't create US.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 26, 2019 at 6:44am

Three Quotes on Truth:

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
-- Winston Churchill

Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
-- Albert Einstein

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
-- Buddha

Are you listening, President Trump? If not, eventually, you will wish you had.

 

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