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!

Discussion Forum

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 19. 1 Reply

"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

Air Force Academy leader delivers powerful speech on race after slurs found in dorms (CBS News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Nov 2. 5 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

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

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 Loren Miller on November 8, 2017 at 5:17am

William Lane Craig isn't just irrelevant, he's a victim of his own hallucinations.  I mean, "The Self-Authenticating Witness of the Holy Spirit?!?"  SERIOUSLY???  I still want to know how ANYTHING can be "self-authenticating!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 8, 2017 at 1:02am

A three-fer from someone I greatly admire:

The cure for the ills of Democracy is more Democracy.

The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.

Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.

-- Jane Addams (1860 - 1935)


Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2017 at 9:57pm

"William Lane Craig is irrelevant!"

~ Dr. Peter Boghossian: Changing Minds

Comment by Loren Miller on November 7, 2017 at 2:34pm

Whether the Texas shooter had mental issues is as yet undetermined.  That he had unwarranted access to guns is an established fact.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2017 at 2:30pm

Trump and the GOP blame mental illness for the Texas massacre. That’s a destructive lie.
By David M. Perry


Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2017 at 2:26pm

Thomas, thanks for posting this Feynman quote. Here is another

Feynman was one man who

knew what he knew, 

knew what he did not know, 

and he even 

did not know what he knew,

did not know what he did not know.

His ego was not connected to his knowledge and he was not afraid of not knowing. 

“I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don't know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we're here. I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell.”

― Richard Feynman

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 7, 2017 at 1:32pm

I dunno if this has been posted here before but it is inspirational for me. I have it posted on our refrigerator door for all to read.

“You say you are a nameless man ( *woman). You are not to your wife (*husband) and to your child (cat). You will not long remain so to your immediate colleagues if you can answer their simple questions when they come into your office. You are not nameless to me. Do not remain nameless to yourself — it is too sad a way to be. Know your place in the world and evaluate yourself fairly, not in terms of the naïve ideals of your own youth, nor in terms of what you erroneously imagine your teacher's ideals are.”

― Richard Feynman

* The words 'husband', 'woman' & 'cat' I added

Comment by Loren Miller on November 7, 2017 at 10:52am

Joan, I doubt there is anything so denigrating of women as religion.  Thanks for your Stanton quote.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2017 at 10:41am

"My heart's desire is to lift women out of all these dangerous, degrading superstitions, and to this end will I labor my remaining days on earth."
~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 7, 2017 at 9:16am

I agree, Patricia.  Like that quote Gary.  Loren, excellent posts as usual.


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