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 Grinning Cat Oct 12. 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

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

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

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

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 on October 4, 2017 at 6:04pm

Bertold, I have not read material by Flemming Rose. Reading the story that goes with your quote, he is a writer I intend to pursue.  

"When Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed five years ago, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech.
The paper’s culture editor Flemming Rose defended the decision to print the 12 drawings while the world went up in flames, and quickly he came to play a central part in the debate about the limitations to freedom of speech in the 21st century."

 Flemming RoseThe Tyranny of Silence

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 4, 2017 at 4:20pm

"Upon the subject of education, ... I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in."

~ Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln - March 9 1832 - Abraham Lincoln Online - http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.com/

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 4, 2017 at 11:12am
"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution.
The most violent element in society is ignorance."
~ Emma Goldman 
 
Comment by Loren Miller on October 4, 2017 at 8:30am

Wonderfully well put there, Bertold, and utterly on point.  They want us to conform to them ... and we ain't havin' any!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 4, 2017 at 8:16am

Comment by Loren Miller on October 4, 2017 at 5:01am

“…I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State…
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to the Danbury Baptist

This is, to my mind, among the most important statements regarding church and state which is NOT found in the Constitution, as it clearly states Jefferson's intention regarding the First Amendment and its purpose.  While I would expect fundamentalists to ignore it in large portion, I still wish this were taught in Civics classes and were more widely known.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 3, 2017 at 5:39pm

To paraphrase Russell: 

"The law of causality, I believe, like much that passes muster among philosophers, is a relic of a bygone age, surviving, like" religion, "only because it is erroneously supposed to do no harm." 

~Bertrand Russell (1872 –1970)

note - I changed one word, "monarchy" with "religion." 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 3, 2017 at 5:36pm

"All philosophers, of every school, imagine that causation is one of the fundamental axioms or postulates of science, yet, oddly enough, in advanced sciences such as gravitational astronomy, the word “cause” never occurs. … The law of causality, I believe, like much that passes muster among philosophers, is a relic of a bygone age, surviving, like the monarchy, only because it is erroneously supposed to do no harm. "

~Bertrand Russell (1872 –1970)

You can accuse Russell of many things, but being mealy-mouthed is not one of them."

~ Sean Carroll, Cause and Effect: A Cornerstone of Science or a Myth? https://www.quantumdiaries.org/2012/06/08/cause-and-effect/

Comment by Loren Miller on October 3, 2017 at 7:20am

There are people who have elevated a THING in importance over ourselves and our lives.  These people so value their guns that they want to prioritize their right to own such weapons over the right of others to live their lives without the fear of them.
-- me

The absurdity of that whole situation continues to floor me. The combination of an obsession about a single amendment to the Constitution, combined with their own apparent distrust of their fellow human makes me wonder how these people manage to live without constant paranoia.  All I know is that I have NO desire to live that way.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 2, 2017 at 2:01pm

That's a neat one, Spud, and as a troubleshooter who can point to any number of problems solved over the years, I LIKE IT.

 

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