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 Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 4. 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. 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 authority, obedience, and "liberal" vs. "conservative" values

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 1. 1 Reply

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

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Craigart14 Jun 1. 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 Loren Miller on December 13, 2017 at 8:10pm

It might be, Chris ... IF he can be objective about his experience.

Comment by Chris on December 13, 2017 at 4:13pm

It will be benificial if Spicer writes a book about his time as Press Secretary.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 13, 2017 at 8:52am

Damn, Bertold!  I never would have thought that brand of writing would come out of USA Today, and it's refreshing to see.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 13, 2017 at 7:36am

The absence of proof goes with the absence of reason to believe.
-- KarnEvil

Rather variations on Hitchens' Razor, but expressed differently, and I like that.

Comment by Patricia on December 12, 2017 at 2:00pm

I seem to be seeing a lot of M. Sherlock lately.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 12, 2017 at 1:56pm

On the nose, Patricia!

Comment by Patricia on December 12, 2017 at 12:49pm

Comment by Loren Miller on December 12, 2017 at 6:57am

If it doesn't matter what the facts are, then it doesn't matter what the truth is.
-- Aron Ra

If you've got the truth, you can demonstrate it. Talking doesn't prove it. Show people.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land



This is where the evangelicals fall down again and again. Their hand-waving is non-stop as it comes to insisting that their god exists, but suggest that they produce prima facie evidence for their deity and those same hands are empty.

WHYIZZAT?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 12, 2017 at 1:55am

Loren, that is what I think, he coulda, shoulda used Politifact if he really wanted non-bias. If he had done that, I would have a whole lot more respect for Zuckerberg's choices. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 11, 2017 at 10:24pm

I'd love to know what is wrong with using Politico or Politifact as fact-checking agencies.  You got an agenda, Zuckerberg?!?

 

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