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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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

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Craigart14 Jun 1, 2019. 6 Replies

On 31 May, 2018, Joan Denoo posted a most excellent quote from David Hume: That quote was well deserving of a response, which is the following:The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever…Continue

Tags: flawed, vulnerable, emotion, god

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Comment by Patricia on October 12, 2018 at 7:05pm

I thought so.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2018 at 6:49pm

Very possible one of RGI's BEST quotes, Patricia!

Comment by Patricia on October 12, 2018 at 6:40pm

"Religion supports nobody. It has to be supported. It produces no wheat, no corn; it ploughs no land; it fells no forests. It is a perpetual mendicant. It lives on the labors of others, and then has the arrogance to pretend that it supports the giver." -Robert G. Ingersoll

Comment by Patricia on October 12, 2018 at 5:17pm

…..And it looks like some freaked heart rate print out.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2018 at 5:14pm

if you are what you write, then is Donald Trump anything other than his signature? I seriously doubt he's written anything else.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 12, 2018 at 5:09pm
“You are what you write.”
— Helvy Tiana Rosa
Writing forces me to pay attention to what I put on paper, that requires I know what I think and what I do. Writing sets up an environment that reduces hypocrisy.
It is easy to catch another person's lie when seen in written form. The computer is an especially helpful tool because we can copy and paste the duplicity and develop a challenge to present to the writer and inform the readers of the monkey business. 
Comment by Patricia on October 12, 2018 at 1:51pm

I could never get my head around that faith thing.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2018 at 5:28am

Religion doesn't just cloud our minds. It asks us to deliberately deceive ourselves-- to replace reason with its opposite, faith. And when men operate on faith, they can no longer be reasoned with, which makes them more dangerous than any sane man, good or evil.
-- James L. Sutter

"It asks to deliberately deceive ourselves..." Honestly, I'm not certain I can think of anything more fundamentally dangerous than THAT.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 11, 2018 at 5:31am

And today's Delancey Place vignette has a brilliant one-sentence commentary on this whole matter:

The powerful exact what they can, and the weak have to comply.
-- Thucydides, as translated by Simon Hornblower

Except that "the weak" may not always just lay back and take it, a fact I hope will be evinced by the forthcoming midterm elections.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 11, 2018 at 5:18am

A blind man could see it with a cane.
-- Dr. Leonard H. ("Bones") McCoy, Star Trek

Joan, the business of acquiring and hording (there's no other word for it) money has become an obsession to the super-rich. As with any other privilege, whenever we can manage to level the playing field by taxing them at a rate commensurate with their wealth, they'll squeal like pigs in a sty and claim that they're being persecuted.

 

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