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

The Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 4. 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. 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

On authority, obedience, and "liberal" vs. "conservative" values

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 1. 1 Reply

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

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Craigart14 Jun 1. 6 Replies

On 31 May, 2018, Joan Denoo posted a most excellent quote from David Hume: That quote was well deserving of a response, which is the following:The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever…Continue

Tags: flawed, vulnerable, emotion, god

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Comment by Loren Miller on October 10, 2017 at 6:41pm

Say something stupid and your name may live on at least as long!
-- me

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 10, 2017 at 6:33pm

Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.

-- Anonymous

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 10, 2017 at 3:04pm

Joan, I agree with putting the quote in inclusive form, and changing the verbs as needed. I'm used to square brackets signaling non-original material, as in:

"... The boy [and girl] who [do] not read good books ... [have] no advantage over the boy [or girl] who cannot read books and ... extend his [or her] knowledge."

(But consult your local style guide or supervisor/​editor/​teacher/​professor/​etc. in more formal settings!)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2017 at 1:47pm

Loren, great quote. Here is another on education, my passion. Of course, I include the lasses in this bulletin:

*Of course, I include females in this announcement. Question, because I added "girl" and "her," Is it correct to leave the verbs the way they were, or do I change them when I post a quotation?

"The reason most people do not accomplish more is that they do not attempt more. The boy* and girl who does not read good books, who does not embrace every opportunity to extend his* and her general knowledge, has no advantage over the boy* or girl who cannot read books and who does not have opportunity to extend his* or her knowledge."

1915 May, Bulletin, Volume 2, Number 5, [Freestanding quotation], Page 31, Published by Order of the Executive Committee of The National Association of Corporation Schools, New York. (Google Books full view)

Comment by Loren Miller on October 10, 2017 at 1:04pm

Joan, your quote reminded me of another:

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself.  That in its essence, is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group.
-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2017 at 11:50am

Comment by Alan Perlman on October 10, 2017 at 11:24am

"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the philosophers as false, and by the rulers as useful."

Seneca the Younger

And now let's all sing a rousing chorus of "God Bless America."

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 10, 2017 at 9:25am

The right to swing your arm ends at my nose is a good message but has always bothered me because it should end long before that.  It should end when I feel endangered because it comes too close. 

Comment by Loren Miller on October 10, 2017 at 7:23am

Similar observations here as well, Joan, though I think there remain some bugs in the system yet.  He IS aware of the issue, though, and with luck, a resolution will be found soon.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2017 at 5:55am

Oh! By the way! I sent a second note to Richard last night describing how slow posting of the Comments and this morning, I happily discovered the restoration of fast publishing. I don't know if it was Richard or you who corrected the slow postings. In any event, thanks. 


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