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.

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Started by Cane Kostovski. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 9. 14 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

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, 2017. 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on January 27, 2018 at 7:12am

The bible and the church have been the greatest stumbling block in the way of women's emancipation.
― Elizabeth Cady Stanton

And to look at the bible, at its treatment of women as chattel, its insistence that no woman stand in authority over a man, the above assertion should surprise no one.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2018 at 12:25pm

Good ones, Bertold.  I don't care for most poetry, but I find that Aleister Crowley quote so poetic and true.  It well describes my awakening to reality. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 26, 2018 at 11:51am

I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning. 
--Aleister Crowley

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 26, 2018 at 10:15am

I love that he threw in "as a nice person."

Comment by Cane Kostovski on January 26, 2018 at 9:57am

Hear hear, Bertold

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 26, 2018 at 9:55am

Comment by Loren Miller on January 26, 2018 at 7:59am

The philosophy of Atheism represents a concept of life without any metaphysical Beyond or Divine Regulator. It is the concept of an actual, real world with its liberating, expanding and beautifying possibilities, as against an unreal world, which, with its spirits, oracles, and mean contentment has kept humanity in helpless degradation.
― Emma Goldman

Ms. Goldman's perception of the behavior and products of religion on reality strike me as being both succinct and remarkably accurate. Many thanks, Emma!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2018 at 12:32am

So, the question arises, is anyone entitled to the goods and services of others for any reason? What is the answer to that question? Who decides? Who benefits? 

You and I think that if we work hard, plan carefully, educate ourselves to not be gullible, take action to ensure our safety, security, and stability, and continue to fall farther behind, economically, then perhaps this situation isn't because of something you and I did or did not do, but perhaps there is a systems problem.

In each of the examples, there was a systems problem caused by sexism, classism, racism, politics, attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions, and values that create individual vulnerability. 

We both know of individuals who work multiple jobs and yet can't get out of the cycles of poverty. We also both know of individuals who scam the system. 

So, what options do you and I have? Do we blame, complain, feel victimized, or hopeless & helpless. 

Piffle! You and I can stand up for what we believe, hold people accountable for what they say and do, stop, breathe, think, take action, even be a firebrand, and stand with self-respect.

Jeez, I hope this isn't over 200 words!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2018 at 12:24am

Loren, "entitlement" is an interesting word.

Some single women with dependent children feel entitled to assistance from the community.

Some people feel entitled to the goods and services of others without fair market value, i.e., Trump and his contractors. 

Some people feel entitled who lose in gambling to tax breaks. 

Some blacks feel entitled to special treatment because of the legacy of slavery. 

Some Jews feel entitled to land on which the Palestinians live.

I could go on, but I think you get my point. Feeling entitled is "standpoint specific," meaning it depends on one's standpoint about how one thinks. 

Comment by Loren Miller on January 25, 2018 at 10:37pm

Sadly, Joan, the American people want a lot of things, yet most aren't willing to put up the gelt or the effort to make them happen.  They think they're entitled to such, or will leave others to do the necessary dirty work.  This is an attitude which is independent of financial status, skin color, or social station.  I fear it comes from a sense of entitlement, borne of whatever comfort level those with this attitude enjoy.  It is entropy and ennui and antithetical to the further advancement not just of our nation but humankind as a whole.

One thing Trump has done is to sufficiently enrage at least some of us to the point where reaction becomes a necessary part of us.  What is required now is the willingness and ability to follow through.


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