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.

Discussion Forum


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 30, 2018 at 6:45am

I wouldn't make book on it, Bertold!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 30, 2018 at 6:43am

Does eating Tide pods remove skid marks from your shorts?


Comment by Loren Miller on January 30, 2018 at 5:24am

Some people never say the words, "I love you."
It's not their style ... to be so bold.
Some people never say those words, "I love you,"
But like a child, they're longing to be told.

-- Paul Simon, "Something So Right"

Profound wisdom from Rhymin' Simon, and he makes a powerful point. Could it be that the problem with our world as it is that people want to get, but are unwilling or afraid to give, to allow themselves to be vulnerable? Simplistic, maybe, but too often true.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 29, 2018 at 9:03am

Bertold, your Bushman quote is enormously telling.  Of course, the first thing someone who thinks he's better than everyone else is going to do is (supposedly) PROVE IT ... and thus the fun begins.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2018 at 8:21am

Loren, "fake it 'til you make it" is a big part of mormonism that I could never stomach, even when a believer.

It reminds me that through the years, there were quite a number of things in mormonism that I questioned and a few that I rejected.

I'm starting to think that is one of the reasons I was able to break-out, and none of my family has been able to.  They don't question enough.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2018 at 8:16am

Bertold, that bamboozled quote is a keeper.  I think I've saved it before, but saving it again to make sure.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 29, 2018 at 7:40am

After doing research on aggression and violence for over 30 years I have come to the conclusion that the most harmful belief people can have is the belief that they are superior to others (e.g., their religion, race or ethnicity, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, political party or ideology, school, city, state, country, etc. is best). When people believe they are superior to others, they behave very badly.

--Brad Bushman

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 29, 2018 at 7:24am

If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.

--Carl Sagan

Comment by Loren Miller on January 29, 2018 at 6:08am

“The difference between theism and nontheism is not whether one does or does not believe in God. . . Theism is a deep-seated conviction that there's some hand to hold: if we just do the right things, someone will appreciate us and take care of us. . . Nontheism is relaxing with the ambiguity and uncertainty of the present moment without reaching for anything to protect ourselves.
― Pema Chödrön

Sadly, there are a lot of believers out there who cannot bring themselves to deal with either ambiguity or uncertainty. They will tell you that they KNOW about their god, even if they don't, because not knowing is intolerable to them. I wonder if this is where the "fake it 'til you make it" business (which I ABHOR!) came from.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 29, 2018 at 5:50am

Joan, your Bennett quote reminded me of this one:

What you put your attention on grows in your life.
-- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


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