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What is the most important sentence ever written?

Asked by PhiNotPi (12266 points ) April 11th, 2014

Words are powerful, but which words have been the most powerful? What single sentence, given its historical context, has had the most profound effect on human history?

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Cruiser's avatar

These two stand out in my memory…

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall.”
~Ronald Reagan

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Me, we.
~Mohammad Ali, Harvard University, 1975.

Dog's avatar

I’m sorry.

zenvelo's avatar

“No.” (said very often).

Pachy's avatar

“Please help me.”
Runner up:
“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party.”

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Dog Damn it’s great to see you.

syz's avatar

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

filmfann's avatar

John 14:6

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

ragingloli's avatar

“No being is so important that he can usurp the rights of another.” – Jean Luc Picard

ragingloli's avatar

The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth, whether it’s scientific truth or historical truth or personal truth! It is the guiding principle on which Starfleet is based. And if you can’t find it within yourself to stand up and tell the truth about what happened, you don’t deserve to wear that uniform!” – Jean Luc Picard

Smitha's avatar

“It is Finished.” words spoken by Jesus on the Cross.

ucme's avatar

Mongo like candy, uhuhuhuhuh…BANG!!

Dutchess_III's avatar

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” ~ Spock.

KNOWITALL's avatar

So many but I’ll agree with @syz.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Yes.

Watch Yesman and you’ll see.

ragingloli's avatar

“The Earth was blue, but there was no God” – Yuri Gagarin

ucme's avatar

Life with no possibility of parole…ever

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

Don’t worry, be happy. :-)

Smashley's avatar

Je pense, donc je suis.

I think therefore I am.

janbb's avatar

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”

Seek's avatar

I’m loving all the Star Trek quotes.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Fuck em if they can’t take a joke. Or joke em if they can’t take a fuck.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

^^^OMG! We used to say that like, centuries ago! LOL

ucme's avatar

“Eve, you have such fantastic titties, I mean seriously, wowzers!”

Dutchess_III's avatar

“Let’s not and say we did.”

kritiper's avatar

“Did you hear me?”

ibstubro's avatar

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and the many permutations it takes throughout all the world’s religions.

What a joy and a burden it is, and if we could all just follow that, religion would be a moot point as we would have Heaven on Earth.

ragingloli's avatar

“Shut up, Wesley!” – Jean Luc Picard.

Seek's avatar

^ HA!

TheRealOldHippie's avatar

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

ragingloli's avatar

“Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you.” – Pennywise

Pachy's avatar

“I wonder” and “I’m not sure.”

rojo's avatar

“Cogito, ergo sum, cogito”.

rojo's avatar

“No matter where you go, there you are. Buckaroo Banzai

rojo's avatar

Life goes on, within you, and without you. George Harrison

Seek's avatar

“The future ain’t what it used to be.” – Yogi Berra.

Yetanotheruser's avatar

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Dutchess_III's avatar

“Somebody forgot to tell her that it couldn’t be done.”

downtide's avatar

“What would happen if…”

janbb's avatar

@downtide Excellent!

Blondesjon's avatar

The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world. – Carl Sagan

kritiper's avatar

Never bring a knife to a gun fight.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

Close cover before striking.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I’ll do it tomorrow honey, the checks in the mail, and, I won’t cum in your mouth.

turtlesandbox's avatar

Happy hour.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Jonesn4burgers Which one? You are frisky today.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

sigh. Yes. The sun has been warming the earth, and breathing a bit of life back into me too. I would probably say something flirty to the poor Fed Ex guy if I had a delivery today.
It might also have a bit to do with facing a big ordeal yesterday and coming through it.
Which one? Pick any, I guess, though three and one CAN sorta go together, ha.

rojo's avatar

“No problem is so big or so complicated that it can’t be run away from” Linus Van Pelt

rojo's avatar

“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” __Bob Dylan__

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Dutchess_III's avatar

“I DIDN’T DO IT!”

longgone's avatar

Oh fine, I’ll say it… “I love you.”

filmfann's avatar

@longgone I appreciate that, though I am not big on PDA’s. I think you’re pretty special…

longgone's avatar

@filmfann I am. Let’s run away together! <3

Dutchess_III's avatar

^^^ GET A ROOM!!

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