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 Joan Denoo on October 6, 2017 at 10:16pm

"The way to deal with superstition is not to be polite to it, but to tackle it with all arms, and so rout it, cripple it, and make it forever infamous and ridiculous. Is it, perchance, cherished by persons who should know better? Then their folly should be brought out into the light of day, and exhibited there in all its hideousness until they flee from it, hiding their heads in shame."

H.L. MENCKEN, Baltimore Evening Sun, Sep. 14, 1925

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 6, 2017 at 9:53pm

"They were giving me the worst stink-eye ever. Every time I dropped my monocle, I thought they were going to grab it and take it." 

-- Amanda Werner, on sitting next to Equifax employees during congressional hearings while dressed as Rich Uncle Pennybags from the board game Monopoly, in an Elle interview.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 6, 2017 at 11:44am

And if you believe that one, Alan, I got some swell swamp land in Florida I'd like to sell you!

That one is a real goodie, Alan, thanks for posting it!

Comment by Alan Perlman on October 6, 2017 at 11:40am

Here's another from Mencken:

"God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable.  They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos,  He will set them above their betters."

Comment by Loren Miller on October 6, 2017 at 5:31am

If you are neutral towards injustice, then you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If you see an elephant sitting on a mouse's tail and you say you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
-- Desmond Tutu

I found this quote on one of Steve Shives' videos a day or so ago, and thought it made a powerful and appropriate expression.  Despite his religion, Tutu knows what he's saying, mostly I suspect because he's seen the truth of it first hand.

Comment by Compelledunbeliever on October 6, 2017 at 4:44am

I don't know that these are sagely but I've found myself repeating these two things often lately.

There is more religion attributed to the bible than is actually in the bible.

Any religion that does not have a God that actually exist requires faith to believe in said God. What does your religion require?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 5, 2017 at 11:24pm

“A standing military force… will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.”

~ James Madison, Philadelphia Constitutional Convention in 1787.


Comment by Loren Miller on October 5, 2017 at 6:25am

Bertold, that whole "fear of death" business reminds me of the following:

Man is so built that he cannot imagine his own death.  This leads to endless invention of religions.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

As for "fear of life," the second you erect a god in authority over you, that fear comes along, especially fear of displeasing said god or violating its commandments.  You've traded one fear for another!

Comment by Gary S on October 4, 2017 at 8:50pm

I have also liked that one Bertold.

Comment by Gary S on October 4, 2017 at 8:04pm

Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration – courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and, above all, love of the truth.

- Henry Louis Mencken


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