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

The Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 4. 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. 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

On authority, obedience, and "liberal" vs. "conservative" values

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 1. 1 Reply

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

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Craigart14 Jun 1. 6 Replies

On 31 May, 2018, Joan Denoo posted a most excellent quote from David Hume: That quote was well deserving of a response, which is the following:The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever…Continue

Tags: flawed, vulnerable, emotion, god

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2019 at 3:27am

Grinning Cat, yes, church coffee klatch congregations to socialize and sacredize. 

Comment by Patricia on November 17, 2019 at 12:43pm

I always wondered that.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 17, 2019 at 11:58am

Well put, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 17, 2019 at 5:45am

Why is it that this supposedly almighty god can do anything and know anything, but cannot withstand skepticism? A god that shrinks from a simple question is pathetic and not worthy of recognition, let alone worship.
-- me

Over the thousands of years humankind has been on this planet, how many questions and petitions have been asked of the putative divinity that spawned them, versus how many times it has genuinely answered? The answer to that first part has to be in the billions; the second a massive goose egg, and for a reason we are all cognizant of: there is no god to answer.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 17, 2019 at 12:04am

Patricia, the Gilman quote is powerful!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2019 at 11:59pm

Loren, wondering when Mencken wrote, "As democracy is perfected..." I found this: 

"Writing for the Baltimore Evening Sun on 26 July 1920, in an article entitled “Bayard vs. Lionheart” (and reprinted in the book On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe), Mencken cynically opined on the difficulties of good men reaching national office when the scale of their campaigns precluded them from directly reaching out to large segments of the voting public: ..."

~ Snopes, the attribution to Henry Louis Mencken, a prominent newspaperman and political commentator during the first half of the 20th century, is accurate.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/mencken-white-house-quote/

Comment by Patricia on November 16, 2019 at 10:55pm

Good one, isn't it?

Comment by Plinius on November 16, 2019 at 10:53pm

Saving that one, Patricia!

Comment by Patricia on November 16, 2019 at 3:10pm

Yes, which is why I had to post it.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 16, 2019 at 3:09pm

Patricia, that one works like freaking topsy, never mind being one hell of a powerful statement!

 

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