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 2 hours ago. 0 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 April 16, 2019 at 1:41am

Sell off fossil fuel stocks. "There are investments in companies working on fusion power, an ultra-efficient car, “next-gen” agriculture, and a battery that could be much cheaper, smaller, and lighter than anything on the market.

~ Jeremy Grantham

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2019 at 1:36am

"I}nvest in companies and commodities expected to benefit from decarbonization—clean energy, agriculture, water, energy efficiency, and commodities such as copper that are used heavily in green technology such as batteries."

~ Jeremy Grantham 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2019 at 1:32am

“The social contract of 1964, when I arrived here, has been totally torn up. Anything that happens to a corporation over 25 years out doesn’t exist for them. Therefore, grandchildren have no value.”

~ Jeremy Grantham

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2019 at 1:29am

2011, Grantham was protesting the Keystone XL pipeline outside the White House. His daughter was among dozens of climate change activists taken to jail.

“Suddenly, politics and climate became mixed up. I began to realize that there were major-league deficiencies in capitalism which had not been on my radar screen. I had no idea how deeply the propaganda machine of the right wing went and how well-funded it was, how smart it was, and how far ahead of the curve it was. The left were ignorant in comparison.”

~ Jeremy Grantham

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2019 at 1:22am

“On income inequality, I am left of Karl Marx.”

~ Jeremy Grantham

Comment by Loren Miller on April 15, 2019 at 7:16am

Go love your own enemies; don't be loving mine.  My enemies are the theocratic fascists.  I don't love them.  I want to destroy them.
-- Christopher Hitchens

I just used this quote in a comment on my piece about the nones equaling the number of evangelicals or Cat... in the United States and the necessity of confrontation of their principles and goals, and I think it's utterly on point.  Don't think for a second that this will not be a contentious process.  Christians in this country and around the world have worked to establish their position and privilege in government and society and they won't give it up easily.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 14, 2019 at 6:15am

And we're getting there ... slow but sure.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2019 at 5:07am

Bertold, I agree:

Most of the religion that litters our planet seems indistinguishable from mental illness.

~Peter J. Carroll

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2019 at 4:56am

When people show you who they are, believe them the first time."
~Maya Angelou

Remember this because it will happen many times in your life. When people show you who they are the first time believe them. Not the 29th. time. When a man doesn't call you back the first time, when you are mistreated the first time, when someone shows you lack of integrity or dishonesty the first time, know that this will be followed many many other times, that will some point in life come back to haunt or hurt you. Live your life in truth. Don't pretend to be someone you're not. You will survive anything if you live your life from the point of view of truth.”
― Oprah Winfrey

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2019 at 2:42pm

Tragically, our country deteriorates daily because of the gross policies of Trump and his brood. I see nothing productive or enriching in this era. 

My beautiful granddaughter and her partner with their two precious children spent a few hours with us bringing joy. They are hard-working, good citizens, caring, loving family going into a future with a wreck of a nation. When they left, taking their dreams and hopes to build a strong and healthy family in a decent society out of a depressed and hate-filled one filled me with both pride and hope. 


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