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 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 August 6, 2019 at 9:41pm

By comparison with Donald Trump, Joe Biden is Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy. He can provide the kind of leadership the Donald Trump hasn't the least idea about, nor does he even much care about. I would NOT sell him short.

Comment by Patricia on August 6, 2019 at 1:35pm

Biden also does not strike me as a leader type.

Comment by Patricia on August 6, 2019 at 1:33pm

I just meant anything not scump connected. As a Canadian, I just hear about dems & rethuglicons.

Comment by Cane Kostovski on August 6, 2019 at 1:29pm

Patricia, if blue is Joe Biden, I'm voting for the green party.

Comment by Patricia on August 6, 2019 at 1:26pm

....And.....probably another 4 years............UNLESS............people vote blue, no matter who it is.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 6, 2019 at 5:48am

The lady clearly knew her stuff.  Problem at the moment is that it's already hit the fan.  Worse, there are those in the voting population who think Trump is their kind of coward, their kind of fool ... and their kind of tyrant.

Comment by Patricia on August 5, 2019 at 12:28pm

Denying evidence is in their DNA.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 5, 2019 at 7:36am

Yup ... pretty much.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 4, 2019 at 7:43am

These beings, with soaring imagination, eventually flung themselves and their machines into interplanetary space.
-- Carolyn Porco

And why did they do such a thing? Because they were CURIOUS, because they wanted to LEARN, and because the answers they were getting from the local shaman about the sky and the moon and the stars were in no way satisfying.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 3, 2019 at 6:17am

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
-- George Orwell

'Nuff said.

 

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