Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful


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

Christianity Founded by a Murderer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman on Saturday. 4 Replies

Constantine did what?As he gained power, he became more suspicious of even family and friends. He ordered them to be put to death by various means.MaximianHis father-in-lawHe impelled to hang…Continue

Tags: baptized, escape, guilt, be, repent


Started by Cane Kostovski. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 18. 16 Replies

“Here, where a thousandCaptains swore grand conquest. . .TallGrass their monument.”― BashoWhat does this quote mean to you? To me it portrays deep deep effort that was for nothing. Deep Deep Wasted…Continue

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Cane Kostovski Jan 23. 3 Replies

"The religious right was not born out of opposition to Roe v. Wade. It was born out of opposition to Brown v. Board."~ …Continue

Tags: Roe, right, v., Wade, Board

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

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Chris Dec 18, 2017. 12 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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 30, 2017 at 10:47am

I couldn't find where I got the Thomas Paine quote, but some of it's in Wikipedia, and all of it & more is in this site:


Comment by Compelledunbeliever on September 30, 2017 at 10:39am

Thank you for posting your quote. I immediately wrote it down when it saw it. I can't wait to throw it down in a conversation with a theist!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 30, 2017 at 7:57am

Joan, I got that Thomas Paine quote somewhere else, so don't attribute it to me.  I'll try to find where I got it.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 30, 2017 at 7:13am

Something which does not exist cannot help us, but chronic dependence on something which fails to exist does active harm to all of us.
-- me

Compelledbeliever was trying to post the above a day or so ago, so I decided to put it up again.  At the risk of patting myself on the back, it's one of my better quotes.

I've seen the tendency toward slow acknowledgement of postings and I'll see what I can do about letting Brother Richard know about it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2017 at 10:35pm

@Spud, a great quote of Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, 1794. I am going to repost it on Facebook; may I give attribution to you as the source? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2017 at 10:20pm

"I grew up like a neglected weed - ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it."

Harriet Tubman

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2017 at 10:14pm

"A free race cannot be born of slave mothers."

~ Margaret Sanger

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2017 at 10:09pm

I'm having difficulties posting, too, Patricia. I spend all day today constructing a piece, and it refused to post; I went to fix dinner and now find the comment disappeared. The good news is that when one of my compositions disappears into the ether, and I write it again, it turns out to be a better-written document than the first. But! I'm tired tonight. Maybe I will tackle the subject again tomorrow. 

Comment by Gary S on September 29, 2017 at 10:05pm

Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.
Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

- Mark Twain

Comment by Patricia on September 29, 2017 at 6:18pm

Why is posting lately, like pulling hen's teeth?!


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