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

The Oneida Perfectionists

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 2 Replies

The Oneida Perfectionists had a vision of utopian life, and they structured their communities according to ideological similarities.1. First, it believed that its members had entered into an…Continue

Tags: communist, authoritarian, leadership, utopia, free-love

Christianity Founded by a Murderer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman on Saturday. 4 Replies

Constantine did what?As he gained power, he became more suspicious of even family and friends. He ordered them to be put to death by various means.MaximianHis father-in-lawHe impelled to hang…Continue

Tags: baptized, escape, guilt, be, repent


Started by Cane Kostovski. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 18. 16 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2017 at 10:14pm

the genius of Republican Government made part of a "Bill for the more general diffusion of knowledge" that wherever a youth was ascertained to possess talents meriting an education which his parents could not afford, he should be carried forward at the public expence, from seminary to seminary, to the completion of his studies at the highest."

~ James Madison to W. T. Barry Epilogue: Securing the Republic

Comment by Loren Miller on December 5, 2017 at 9:33pm

Joan, I wonder if that disguise is a function of the fact that money is not an end in and of itself, but the means to multiple ends, said ends dependent on those spending the money.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2017 at 8:43pm

The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is one in which complexity is used to disguise truth or to evade truth, not to reveal it.

– John Kenneth Galbraith

Comment by Loren Miller on December 5, 2017 at 3:12pm

Possibly true, Bertold.  I've heard more than one commentator suggesting that the US will be decades recovering from the Trump presidency, if for no other reason than the judges he is currently installing.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 5, 2017 at 8:02am

As far as our current state of affairs is concerned, I'd say it's definitely both, but we're a bit past the prologue. The dénouement is going to be ugly..

Comment by Loren Miller on December 5, 2017 at 7:34am

A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both.
-- James Madison

A warning against "fake news," anyone?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2017 at 2:44am

"Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is completely indistinguishable from malice."

~ Col. Samuel G. Anderson (U.S. Army)

Fort Gordon Chief of Staff 


Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2017 at 2:01am

"Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet."
~ Jeremy Bentham

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 4, 2017 at 9:12pm

The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.

--Amazon review of Homo Deus

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2017 at 1:30pm

Who is E. W. Dijkstra? According to a reviewer of his book, "A Discipline of Programming, "

"One of the grandfathers of computer science. Lucid exploration of fundamental programming constructs that are still the daily tools of legions of programmers worldwide. If only they had the concept grounding from this book (or those like it) myriads of bugs would never be written."

MarkvanderPol - LibraryThing


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