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

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

"If Right Doesn't Matter, We're Lost." (Adam Schiff)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 1. 3 Replies

This is a bit rushed, but I wanted to post Adam Schiff's closing statement to the impeachment trial on 24 January 2020.  This is potent stuff, and it speaks to Schiff's integrity and determination to…Continue

Tags: statement, impeachment, Adam Schiff

On authority, obedience, and "liberal" vs. "conservative" values

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 18, 2019. 2 Replies

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

The Founding Myth: A Striking Quote

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 4, 2019. 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

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Comment by Loren Miller 9 hours ago

When a Religion is good, I conceive that it will support itself; and, when it cannot support itself, and God does not take care to support, so that its Professors are oblig'd to call for the help of the Civil Power, it is a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.
-- Benjamin Franklin

As it comes to religions, frankly, I've seen a lot more bad signs than good lately.

Comment by Loren Miller 18 hours ago

Instead, Joan, what said god has worked out to be is, as Richard Dawkins described him, "the most unpleasant character in all fiction ... a capriciously malevolent BULLY."  Made worse by the fact that it doesn't exist, but is an imagination of those who want to use that invention as a lever against the rest of humanity.

I have to wonder if they know what they have tethered their cart to.

Comment by Joan Denoo 18 hours ago

Loren, I, too, hoped with G. Washington "that liberal and enlightened thought would have reconciled the Christians."

Part of the reason I no longer believe in god and any holy scriptures because religion causes so much strive. If there were a god, he/she/it would be a reconciling one. 

Comment by Joan Denoo 18 hours ago

Grinning Cat, I could find Bizet's symphony, but not Rounds Galore on the internet. I did find a way to access the Rounds to purchase. Cheap old me, do you know of the Rounds that I can listen to on the internet. Pete Seeger is on their recordings, too, and I enjoy listening to his style. Sol Weber, in Rounds, appears to be an interesting character, too. 

Comment by Joan Denoo 22 hours ago

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. I had hoped that liberal and enlightened thought would have reconciled the Christians so that their religious fights would not endanger the peace of Society.
-- George Washington

A lot of us had hoped that, Mr. President. Sadly, 200+ years have demonstrated otherwise.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday
I think the fact that we are all sitting here sheltering in place is the result of a lack of preparedness and a lack of appropriate response once we saw what was happening in China. I mean we have a third of the population of China, and we had several months lead time. Yet we now have more cases than China ever had. In my mind, that’s failure.

Jennifer Nuzzo, Johns Hopkins epidemiologist and infectious disease expert

Comment by Grinning Cat on Monday

Bizet's Canon

"Georges Bizet for Carmen is best known.
He wrote great music, some of which was not his own.__
This old tune, from me-di-eval France,
He stole! L'Arlésienne now it does enhance.

La la la la...

We don't mind this petty larceny
It's fine with us, we don't object, we're not aghast.
Let's sing this round and set the music free,
Because we think this canon is a blast!

La la la la..."

Words: Sol Weber, c.1993, in Rounds Galore and More
Music: based on the first theme of Georges Bizet's L'Arsienne Suite No. 1, from a traditional Provençal tune

Comment by Loren Miller on Monday

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The FFRF just published two videos, highlighting classical composers who were non-believers, featuring Jarred Dunn on piano, playing some of their works.  I may post those here if anyone is interested.  The music and conversations between Dunn and Dan Barker were well worth the time spent.

Comment by Loren Miller on Sunday

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
-- T. S. Elliot

It's called "pushing the envelope," and Elliot has it exactly right, in that it's the only way we learn and grow.

 

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