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. 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 May 4, 2019 at 6:18am

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-- Philip K. Dick

Which very simply means that reality doesn't adapt to us. We can either learn to adapt to reality or understand it deeply enough to be able to use its principles in our favor.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 3, 2019 at 5:42am

Belief is the death of intelligence. As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence.
-- Robert Anton Wilson

By "belief," I presume Wilson means "faith" or belief without evidence, which I agree stops both thought and any kind of skepticism. Hitchens had it right when he said that the least of the virtues is faith.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 2, 2019 at 5:41am

Seize the time, Meribor. Live now. Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.
-- Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation

Sometime after Patrick Stewart spoke those words, Sam Harris concurred, saying, "It is always now," and it's a fact. Now – this moment – is all we have.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 2, 2019 at 5:12am

In other words, not only does one squeaky wheel get the grease, it may set fire to it!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2019 at 10:50pm

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds."

~ misattributed to Jamual Adams, As quoted in The Journal of Historical Review, Vol. 19 (March-April 2000) by Institute for Historical Review, p. 68

Cannot be accurately sourced to Samuel Adams,

I am unsuccessful in finding the source of this quote, however, I believe it is true because I participated in several "irate, tireless minorit[ies] keen to set brush fires in people's minds."

Comment by Loren Miller on May 1, 2019 at 7:33am

Hmph ... "How you nourish the daughter does not matter," eh?  I don't know who this dipshit Paulo is, but I'd gladly kick his ass, then turn him over to MY daughter to finish the job!

Comment by Plinius on May 1, 2019 at 7:29am

That Sasha Sagan quote is beautiful, and Loren's remark on it made me look in The Penguin Book of Childhood, but there was nothing of the same level:

Ancient Egypt, 200 - 1500 BCE

I grew up beside you, you smote my back, and so your teaching entered my ear.

Paulo of Certaldo, Middle Ages

...nourish the sons well. How you nourish the daughter does not matter as long as you keep her alive.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 1, 2019 at 5:28am

It's not about how much we lost. It's about how much we have left.
-- Tony Stark, Avengers: Endgame

Suffice to say, that movie has had an impact on me, a big one, not just in its action sequences or how it so brilliantly pulls together all the movies of the series that went before it, but also, what it has to say here and there.

And one of the things it addresses is the issue of loss and how it is handled, which Endgame does pretty damned well.

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

Thank you, Loren. 

Comment by Loren Miller on April 30, 2019 at 5:40am

...he told me, very tenderly, that it can be dangerous to believe things just because you want them to be true. You can get tricked if you don’t question yourself and others, especially people in a position of authority. He told me that anything that’s truly real can stand up to scrutiny.
-- Sasha Sagan, relating a conversation between her and her father, Carl

I have to wonder how many fathers and sons or daughters have had conversations like this and how much better off the world would be if they did.


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