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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 1. 3 Replies

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 Loren Miller on December 2, 2017 at 6:12am

A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind.
-- Robert Oxton Bolton

And speaking of mind-possession:

Christianity alters your identity to insure the survival of ITSELF.
-- from Prplfox's video series - http://ning.it/R2isGS

Comment by Loren Miller on December 1, 2017 at 5:54am

There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
-- Socrates

I seem to be running onto increasingly simple and blunt expressions regarding the problem with religion, and Socrates' words may be the most informative and succinct of them all. The one characteristic I see entirely too often in the 21st century which damages quality of life and the best interests of all who live is determined, purposeful ignorance, whether political, corporate, or religious, and that is what we need to be fighting against at every turn.

No quarter given, no quarter accepted.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 30, 2017 at 11:54pm

"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars."

~ Henry Van Dyke

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 30, 2017 at 9:06pm

There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.

~ John Adams

Comment by Patricia on November 30, 2017 at 1:21pm

''Gawd will provide'' is another that bit the dust big time.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 30, 2017 at 8:26am

I'm pleased that I've had several things that I held as true for 50 years, proven utterly wrong.  Homosexuality being evil was one.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 30, 2017 at 6:46am

We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.
-- Carl Sagan

After a fashion, this quote meshes with something Lawrence Krauss said more recently, to the effect that he wishes that everyone had, at some point in their life, something they held as true proven utterly wrong. Reality isn't here to conform to our expectations of it. Quite the contrary, we have to alter ourselves to comprehend and accurately, quantifiably describe how reality works, if those descriptions are to be of any use.

Comment by Patricia on November 29, 2017 at 10:04pm


Comment by Loren Miller on November 29, 2017 at 10:03pm

Not bribery, nor a gun to our heads, in the form of an eternal punishment of which not ONE of their followers can demonstrate the existence.

If you can't show it, you don't know it.
-- Aron Ra

Comment by Patricia on November 29, 2017 at 10:01pm

We also don't need bribery to be helpful.


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