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.

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"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 4 hours ago

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No, it wouldn't, Ms. Gilman ... yet so many small people indulge in such things.

Comment by Joan Denoo 10 hours ago

I cannot imagine anyone who governs people talks to gods, or hears the voice of angels, any more than carpenters, nurses, engineers or farmers; obviously, effective and efficient government requires common sense, critical thinking, and skills of communication, conflict resolution, negotiation, and compromise. 

~ Joan Denoo plagiarizing John Adams

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 13 hours ago

Thanks for that quote from Schiff, Loren. Reminds me of 

Trump does not give a flying damn about evangelicalism, or the End of the World, or be able to tell you the difference between Gog, Magog, and eggnog, but he does understand grifters, con artists, tax cheats, and transactionalism.

If the crookedest, most dishonest supposed “preachers” in America want to shake his hand and sing his praises to rooms of the, quite literally, most gullible people in America, by God he is up for as much of that as they can fling his way.

Evangelical scammers praise Trump for hastening the end of the worl...

Comment by Patricia 21 hours ago

That's what I notice more that anything.

Comment by Loren Miller 21 hours ago

Damned well put, Patricia!

Comment by Patricia 21 hours ago

Virtuous, or just smug.

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

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You know, Bertrand ... neither have I, certainly not among evangelicals, anyway.

Comment by Loren Miller on Saturday

Whilst we assert for ourselves a freedom to embrace, to profess and to observe the Religion which we believe to be of divine origin, we cannot deny an equal freedom to those whose minds have not yet yielded to the evidence which has convinced us.
-- James Madison

While Madison may or may not have believed in some form of divine power, his thought processes were magnanimous enough to cut some slack for those whose beliefs did not match his, the very expression of freedom of and from religion. Would that politicians of the current day were as open-minded!

Comment by Patricia on Friday

I did Loren, & it's great when someone speaks out, with emotion, over this bs going on. I don't give a damn about being party loyal if anyone is being a total ass & needs ''firing'', it needs to be done.

Comment by Loren Miller on Friday

I think there is a better than average chance of that, Patricia, even with the GOP's habit of falling in formation.  If you can, check the video I posted.  It's a kick in the teeth.

 

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