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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The Oneida Perfectionists

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller on Friday. 4 Replies

The Oneida Perfectionists had a vision of utopian life, and they structured their communities according to ideological similarities.1. First, it believed that its members had entered into an…Continue

Tags: communist, authoritarian, leadership, utopia, free-love

Christianity Founded by a Murderer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman Apr 21. 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

Basho

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

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Comment by Patricia on September 29, 2017 at 6:16pm

Morons are big on revelations!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 29, 2017 at 5:28pm

“It is a contradiction in terms and ideas, to call anything a revelation that comes to us at second-hand, either verbally or in writing. Revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication—after this, it is only an account of something which that person says was a revelation made to him; and though he may find himself obliged to believe it, it cannot be incumbent on me to believe it in the same manner; for it was not a revelation made to me, and I have only his word for it that it was made to him.”

 --Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, 1794

Comment by Terry Groff on September 29, 2017 at 12:52pm

I like that one F.A.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 29, 2017 at 12:18pm

Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from making bad decisions. --  Unknown

Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2017 at 5:40am

People who don't want you to think are never your friend.
-- TheraminTrees

The above has been on TheraminTrees' YouTube page for as long as I can remember, and I've been impressed with its succinct wisdom for about as long.  Religious leaders don't want you to think; they want you to FEEL, to engage emotions rather than intellect.  While that may be fine in certain circumstances, emotion and fact too frequently make poor bedfellows, at least from where I sit.

Comment by Patricia on September 28, 2017 at 1:59pm

You're basically killing each other to see who's got the better imaginary friend.

   Richard Jeni

Comment by Patricia on September 28, 2017 at 1:56pm

I like that one, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 28, 2017 at 5:53am

There is no such thing as freedom of choice unless there is freedom to refuse.
-- David Hume

I was searching for another Hume quote when I came across this one ... which strikes me as perfect for those who want to assert that there is freedom OF religion, but not freedom FROM it.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 27, 2017 at 8:47pm

Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.

--Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2017 at 7:51pm

“crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”

~ Thomas Jefferson urged Americans to

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