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 Loren Miller on December 13, 2017 at 7:36am

The absence of proof goes with the absence of reason to believe.
-- KarnEvil

Rather variations on Hitchens' Razor, but expressed differently, and I like that.

Comment by Patricia on December 12, 2017 at 2:00pm

I seem to be seeing a lot of M. Sherlock lately.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 12, 2017 at 1:56pm

On the nose, Patricia!

Comment by Patricia on December 12, 2017 at 12:49pm

Comment by Loren Miller on December 12, 2017 at 6:57am

If it doesn't matter what the facts are, then it doesn't matter what the truth is.
-- Aron Ra

If you've got the truth, you can demonstrate it. Talking doesn't prove it. Show people.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

This is where the evangelicals fall down again and again. Their hand-waving is non-stop as it comes to insisting that their god exists, but suggest that they produce prima facie evidence for their deity and those same hands are empty.


Comment by Joan Denoo on December 12, 2017 at 1:55am

Loren, that is what I think, he coulda, shoulda used Politifact if he really wanted non-bias. If he had done that, I would have a whole lot more respect for Zuckerberg's choices. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 11, 2017 at 10:24pm

I'd love to know what is wrong with using Politico or Politifact as fact-checking agencies.  You got an agenda, Zuckerberg?!?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 11, 2017 at 9:48pm

I closed my account with Facebook when I read that he partnered with The Weekly Standard, and told him why I was leaving after all these years, as if he cared. 

Comment by Patricia on December 11, 2017 at 9:39pm

Good one.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 11, 2017 at 9:37pm


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