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.

Discussion Forum

"If Right Doesn't Matter, We're Lost." (Adam Schiff)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia on Friday. 1 Reply

This is a bit rushed, but I wanted to post Adam Schiff's closing statement to the impeachment trial on 24 January 2020.  This is potent stuff, and it speaks to Schiff's integrity and determination to…Continue

Tags: statement, impeachment, Adam Schiff

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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on December 28, 2017 at 3:47pm

Wow!  That's a gig big thumbs up.  Thanks.

Comment by Patricia on December 28, 2017 at 3:44pm

Spud,

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 28, 2017 at 3:43pm

For god so loved the world that he will torture you forever for the finite "crime" of seeing no evidence of his existence.

--me

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 28, 2017 at 3:36pm

That's what I thought.  Since when was Christmas gone?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 28, 2017 at 10:06am

Yes, Loren, the Ingersoll and Shaw quotes do fit well.

Trump is the first post–World War II American president to view the burdens of world leadership as outweighing the benefits. As a result, the United States has changed from the principal preserver of order to a principal disrupter.

Richard Haass

Comment by Loren Miller on December 28, 2017 at 8:32am

Here's a neat matched pair:

The history of intellectual progress is written in the lives of infidels.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
-- George Bernard Shaw

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 27, 2017 at 4:16pm

Very good quote Bertold.  Another keeper.

Comment by Patricia on December 27, 2017 at 12:27pm

Oh....the logic.....

Comment by Loren Miller on December 27, 2017 at 7:53am

God needs blood to fix the universe, but only his own blood had enough magical power to do it, so he gave himself a body and then killed it.
-- Richard Carrier

Sounds absurd, doesn't it? Yet billions believe it, mostly because believers spin the story so hard that listeners can only get dizzy hearing it.

Comment by Chris on December 27, 2017 at 4:04am

Can't polish a turd. Unless it's fossilized.

I'm not trying to sell any of Reza Aslan books. I wasn't raised with religion so I don't know what Gowd means to others on personal level.  With relatives getting older and dying, or becoming incompacited a couple of relatives are talking about preying and god.  I find that irritating.. I'm trying to remain calm and not make others angry when the prayer, or god card is pulled out.

 

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