Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

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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

have dominion over the fish of the sea, & over the fowl of the air, & over every living thing

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 25. 2 Replies

Genesis 1:28"Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon…Continue

Tags: shrivel, consequence, loss, abandon, exploit

Basket Ball Head Coach Gregg Popovich Scolds Donald Trump (from Yahoo Sports and Google)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 2. 1 Reply

Gregg Charles Popovich is an American professional basketball coach and general manager. He is the head coach and President of the San Antonio Spurs, of the National Basketball Association [per…Continue

Tags: Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump, Gregg Popovich

Ten things that explain the incredible power of Moore's Law

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman May 4. 3 Replies

"Moore’s Law, which states that the number of transistors per integrated circuit will double approximately every 18-24 months, has become the defining metaphor of the modern technological age. As a…Continue

Tags: shrinking, smartphone, performance, innovation, level

The core of permaculture is design.

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 5. 0 Replies

"The core of permaculture is design. Design is the connection between things. It’s the very opposite of what we’re taught in school. Education takes everything and pulls it apart and makes no…Continue

Tags: connection, design, permaculture

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Comment by Loren Miller 4 hours ago

The difference between faith and insanity is that faith is the ability to hold firmly to a conclusion that is incompatible with the evidence, whereas insanity is the ability to hold firmly to a conclusion that is incompatible with the evidence.
-- William Harwood, Dictionary of Contemporary Mythology

Ummm ... okay ... thanks for clearing that up, Bill! [Hooboy!]

Comment by Joan Denoo 18 hours ago

Sadly, the leader of our nation, a lying thug, an ignorant, willfully stupid, corrupt creature, chosen by a group of people who reveal themselves to be of the same metal, invites others to join his delusional, perverse, unethical mob. His leadership enables the swarms of people to use violence to enforce decisions. 

What happens to a nation of people lead by leaders with a sense of community, cooperation, compassion, and care? Even a little negotiation would help make peace a possibility.

The probability of creating a nation of people who share common goals may not exist. 

The possibility of peaceful resolution of conflicts and the solution of problems may be a pipedream. 

The preferability of peace may not be in our genes. 

NO! Homo sapiens can learn how to resolve conflicts and solve problems. It takes some effort and the tools of communication can be learned. After all, we have a brain that has the capacity to behave in a healthy, positive way. My family proved we can change generations of violence and unresolved conflicts and problems. 

Comment by Joan Denoo 19 hours ago

"India’s public hospitals and clinics — which are unable to cope with the almost 1m children who die of diarrhoea, malnutrition and other health issues every year, with the hundreds of thousands of tuberculosis patients (a quarter of the world’s cases), with a vast anaemic and malnourished population vulnerable to any number of minor illnesses that prove fatal for them — will not be able to cope with a crisis that is like what Europe and the US are dealing with now."

~ Roy, Arundhati (2020, April 03).
The pandemic is a portal: CORONAVIRUS BUSINESS UPDATE Financial Times. Retrieved from 
https://www.ft.com/content/10d8f5e8-74eb-11ea-95fe-fcd274e920ca

Comment by Patricia 20 hours ago

The majority of our homes here do not display our flag as the US seems to. It's mostly government buildings, schools, hospitals, who have the flag poles. We already know who we are, but the US seems to need constant reminders.

Comment by Joan Denoo 20 hours ago

Jingoist defined: " extreme chauvinism or nationalism marked especially by a belligerent foreign policy

Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jingoism.

I like Arundhati Roy's comment. She provides trustworthy information.

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people's minds and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.
-- Arundhati Roy

Ms. Roy's understanding of the flag – ANY flag – is spot-on. Jingoists would have our flag elevated over the people who are supposedly defending it when they are REALLY defending the principles which our nation is reputed to stand for, mostly to turn the flag into a cudgel to beat us into submission, even as religionists do the same thing with the bible.

Problem is: such bludgeons don't work on people who can be bothered to THINK.

Comment by Grinning Cat yesterday

"So this is why I worry that the Bible will get canceled...
why worry about what the Bible says? It's not like any of us read it, much less follow it.

But atheists can be rather sneaky, so underhanded they will actually read the Bible before telling people what it says, and then throw it back in our faces, which is super-awkward.

... endorsing the human stain of slavery... sort of undercuts our marketing the Bible as... a book of timeless moral truths from an all-knowing God. An all-knowing God who backed the wrong side in the Civil War."

--Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian™, talking to Franklin Graham... (as written by Andrew Bradley and played by Deven Green). Ellipses and bolding are mine.

Comment by Patricia yesterday

Or play laser dot, or anything but reality for 5 minutes.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday

Oh, I get tired of pandemic analyses and statistics and personal stories. "My brain is full." Then I need to look at lolcats or how to bake a rainbow cake.

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Comment by Loren Miller on Tuesday

The point of modern propaganda isn't only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.
-- Garry Kasparov

And being that Kasparov lived under the influence of a KGB head who is now the leader of the country of his birth, I suspect Garry knows whereof he speaks. That said, if Putin or Trump or anyone else think my critical thinking and skepticism are that easily exhausted, they have another think coming.

 

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