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

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

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 19, 2017. 1 Reply

"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

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

Dan Rather on Alternative Facts

Started by Loren Miller Sep 26, 2017. 0 Replies

I originally submitted this piece to Daniel W.'s group, "Quotation of the Day," some months ago.  I thought it was important enough to repost here.  Please enjoy.…Continue

Tags: Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, alternative facts, Dan Rather

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Comment by Loren Miller on October 8, 2017 at 4:55am

Great stuff, Gary.  Jerry Coyne is no dummy, either, and it's a pleasure to see him represented here.

Comment by Gary S on October 7, 2017 at 11:34pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 7, 2017 at 6:22pm

Love all the latest quotes.

Comment by Alan Perlman on October 7, 2017 at 3:01pm

Loren, thanks for kind words.  The quote applies to the  New Age cosmologies and "medical" therapies that so fascinated my last wife.  And now, just for fun:

"I find it necessary to wash my hands after I have come into contact with religious people."

Friedrich Nietzsche

Comment by Gary S on October 7, 2017 at 1:42pm

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

- Albert Einstein

Comment by Loren Miller on October 7, 2017 at 6:50am

Inspect every piece of pseudo-science and you will find a security blanket, a thumb to suck, a skirt to hold.
--Isaac Asimov

And all of that because some elements of humankind cannot get themselves shut of the fear of their own demise. They HAVE to continue somehow, and from that we get the entire mess which is religion.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 6, 2017 at 11:35pm

If H.L. Mencken were running for god, I'd vote for him.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2017 at 10:16pm

"The way to deal with superstition is not to be polite to it, but to tackle it with all arms, and so rout it, cripple it, and make it forever infamous and ridiculous. Is it, perchance, cherished by persons who should know better? Then their folly should be brought out into the light of day, and exhibited there in all its hideousness until they flee from it, hiding their heads in shame."

H.L. MENCKEN, Baltimore Evening Sun, Sep. 14, 1925

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 6, 2017 at 9:53pm

"They were giving me the worst stink-eye ever. Every time I dropped my monocle, I thought they were going to grab it and take it." 

-- Amanda Werner, on sitting next to Equifax employees during congressional hearings while dressed as Rich Uncle Pennybags from the board game Monopoly, in an Elle interview.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 6, 2017 at 5:07pm

Call me cynical if you must, I predict that the number of corporations who suddenly discover their inner Origen will skyrocket as soon as they realize that, with just a hint of incense and a dash of holy water, they can save money and knuckle their female employees all at the same time.

--Charles Pierce on the undermining of the birth control mandate in the ACA


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