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 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 Patricia on November 6, 2019 at 12:33pm

Ain't dat duh troof!!!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 6, 2019 at 8:07am

I was Googling around for quotations this morning and discovered the following – a real find, IMHO:

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Comment by Loren Miller on November 5, 2019 at 5:20am

The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs, and explosions, and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy; and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own for the children, and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is, that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.
-- Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone, "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street"

In my experience, there are few wordsmiths in the modern day who might be the equal of Rod Serling. His clear perception of the human animal and deft use of word and phrase in his writing are the reason why The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery are still spoken of highly over 50 years since they aired on TV.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2019 at 5:04pm

Following up on that:

"...a large majority of Americans – right and left, Republican as well as Democrat – could get excited about moving toward a real democracy and economy that worked for the many.

This is why the oligarchy is so worried about Warren’s rise to frontrunner status in some polls.

Politico reports that Democratic-leaning executives on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley and across the corporate world are watching her with an increasing panic.

“Ninety-seven per cent of the people I know in my world are really, really fearful of her,” billionaire Michael Novogratz told Bloomberg.

These Democratic oligarchs hope Biden, or perhaps Peter Buttigieg or Amy Klobuchar, can still take Warren out."

(same source: "Robert Reich: The real divide in the United States is not between the left and right")

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 4, 2019 at 4:53pm

Perfect Thor Benson quote!

"The stark reality is that Democrats cannot defeat Trump’s authoritarian populism with an establishment candidate who fronts for the oligarchy." Robert Reich

Comment by Loren Miller on November 4, 2019 at 4:37pm


Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2019 at 4:36pm

When reading about left-handed zindlefingers, and the pronouncements of political, religious, and other authoritarians alike, one of the United States' Founding Fathers said it well:

Half the Truth is often a great Lie. Be not quick to believe everything you read on the Internet. --Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack

Comment by Loren Miller on November 4, 2019 at 5:37am

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
-- Samuel Johnson

Back in 2012, I opined that it wasn't so much patriotism but jingoism that was the real last refuge of a scoundrel, and the current administration has pretty much borne that out. Its insistence on its own rectitude, combined with evangelical religious fervor have confirmed Johnson's words with those conditions set.

And because of that, in the next 12 months, we are in for some true political insanity. Seat belts fastened?

Comment by Loren Miller on November 3, 2019 at 6:09am

Joan, your Orwell quote is so timely to this day and age, it is more than a little frightening.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 3, 2019 at 6:08am

There is no such thing as free speech for some. You either have free speech for everyone or you don't have free speech at all.
-- Thor Benson

I've said it many times: rights are for EVERYONE or they mean NOTHING, and I appreciate Benson's own take on that concept.


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