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 Chris on January 7, 2018 at 6:55pm

thought a book should be independent reading and thinking.

I don't throw sand in the eyes of readers, though I may step in when others prevent independent reading and thinking.

Sorry, I'll try to play nice.

Comment by Patricia on January 7, 2018 at 6:55pm

He needs to learn to mind his own business, here, & on A/U, but is incapable!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 7, 2018 at 6:53pm

Chris, you may not know this but your erased comments still show up on my feet. Knock it off now or you'll wish you had.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 7, 2018 at 6:09pm

Now, now, you two. Play nice!

Comment by Chris on January 7, 2018 at 6:07pm

Patricia yesterday

We are now reading that book, & it is an eye-opener from the first chapter, & I am only on chapter 3 now. Lots to try to absorb. Rick has just read the prologue so far.


Who is "WE?"

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2018 at 4:22pm

“The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it. The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not on its growth and development. The error of Louis XIV was that he thought human nature would always be the same. The result of his error was the French Revolution. It was an admirable result.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2018 at 3:10pm

I think there is a third factor, a sense of community, that keeps people dependent on religion. 

Religion maintains and perpetuates submissiveness as a high value and individuals obviously believe superstitions because it meets some unmet needs. 

The Enlightenment offers individuals and communities the opportunity to shun myths and encourage doubt, questioning, and rational thought. 

“the Great Awakening promoted a fervent, emotional religiosity, while the Enlightenment encouraged the pursuit of reason in all things. On both sides of the Atlantic, British subjects grappled with these new ideas.

The Great Awakening/The Enlightenment 


The Great Awakening / The Enlightenment

Comment by Loren Miller on January 7, 2018 at 1:24pm

Well, the mob can be shown to exist. God? Not so much.

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 7, 2018 at 1:10pm

  I wonder, Loren, if it is the fear of God or fear of mob that keeps religious people in line? It seems it takes a mob to enforce the fear of God.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 7, 2018 at 11:03am

Love that quote, Bertold.


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