Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

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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 Patricia 23 hours ago. 1 Reply

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 Joan Denoo on October 12, 2017 at 11:59am

"An altruist is one who would be sincerely sorry to see his neighbor's children devoured by wolves."

H. L. MENCKEN, A Little Book in C Major

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2017 at 11:38am

You have it exactly, Carl.  I wrote a piece about Christian submission some years ago, and my opinion regarding their take on it hasn't changed.  Too many religions are all about turning followers into sheep, so that they can be led and shorn at will.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 12, 2017 at 11:31am

With all these quotes about religion, I'm reminded how frequently we hear the criticism that the word "Islam" means "submission to god."

Honestly, any religion should be named Islam.  

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2017 at 6:34am

There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.
-- Robert Green Ingersoll

Have to admit, lately I'm far more concerned about the tyrant right here and now.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 12, 2017 at 6:31am

Excellent, Patricia, and very damned true.

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 10:17pm

Take responsibility

Comment by Alan Perlman on October 11, 2017 at 8:01pm

And in that spirit,

"I am convinced now that children should not be subjected to the frightfulness of the Christian religion...if the concept of a father who plots to have his own son put to death is presented to children as beautiful and worthy of society's admiration, what types of human behavior can be presented to them as reprehensible?"

-Ruth Hurmence Green 

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 7:32pm

All good ones!

Comment by Gary S on October 11, 2017 at 7:28pm

I like that one Bertold. It also made me think of this one:

The Bible is not a moral guide. Any man who follows faithfully all its teachings is an enemy of society and  will probably end his days in a prison or an asylum.

- Robert Ingersoll

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2017 at 6:01pm

This was just on our news the other night.....quite impressive, we thought.

https://globalnews.ca/news/3784330/sooke-home-lego-green-fireproof/

 

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