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.

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Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14. 2 Replies

The word “Permaculture” is the combination of the two words “permanent” and “agriculture.” It is a method of agricultural philosophy that allows gardeners to create and sustain growing food in a way…Continue

Tags: production, shelter, food, permaculture, Mollison

On Emotion, Vulnerability, and a Flawed God

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 10. 5 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

Will McAvoy's Rant: "America Is NOT the World's Greatest Country"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 3 Replies

Aaron Sorkin has a habit of swinging for the fences when he writes political commentary as entertainment for television.  This was first evinced in the network television series, The West Wing, and…Continue

Tags: The Newsroom, Will McAvoy, Aaron Sorkin

Ingersoll Day August 11th

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Aug 12. 2 Replies

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)"When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood…Continue

Tags: fearless, joyous, freedom, Day, agnostic

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 5 minutes ago

Loren, the Republican Party abandoned democracy a while back. Chomsky pointed it out.

Well put, Loren! "Tell me, Andrew: is not collecting stamps a hobby?  If not, then WHY would not believing in your deity be a religion??"

Comment by Loren Miller 22 minutes ago

It's the usual crap. They think that because their belief is integral to them, it has to be integral to everyone. It's the same kind of narrow-minded thinking that they used throughout they're religious consciousness.

Comment by Grinning Cat 31 minutes ago

"Religion" encompasses a lot more than Christianity (in its tens of thousands of varieties). Still, quite a few religions steadfastly maintain the doublethink that their god(s) know(s) everything that will happen in the future, yet can be influenced to change it if we ask nicely enough, and/or follow the right rules, and/or wear the right silly hats.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan 4 hours ago

One would tend to expect inconsistency from a queer Catholic.

Comment by Loren Miller 4 hours ago

[sigh] Andrew Sullivan is frustrating as hell.  At times he can be incredibly observant and incisive ... and then he spouts crap like this.

Tell me, Andrew: is not collecting stamps a hobby?  If not, then WHY would not believing in your deity be a religion???

A total bunch of horseshit.

Comment by Patricia 4 hours ago

I had it, but got rid of it. Don't miss it.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan 4 hours ago
"Everyone has a religion. It is, in fact, impossible not to have a religion if you are a human being."

~Andrew Sullivan

Anyone beg to differ?
Comment by Loren Miller 14 hours ago

Religion is based on the idea that God is an imbecile.
― Noam Chomsky

Is he ever! He creates the universe, plus Adam & Eve, they IMMEDIATELY screw it up, and he's SURPRISED at that! Then all of humankind goes south on him, to the point where he has to wipe the chalkboard clean and start over ... by causing a global [cha, right!] flood and telling a 600-year-old man to build a boat supposedly big enough to contain all the species on the planet ... and THAT goes wrong! So next he's going to sacrifice himself TO himself to correct for the problems his creation made Which He, Being Omniscient, Should Have Seen In The First Place ... WHEW! I'm beginning to think that, if a god existed, he's about as inept as Donald Trump!

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

Maybe you do not care much about the future of the Republican Party. You should. Conservatives will always be with us. If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will reject democracy.
-- David Frum

I've forgotten where I first saw this quote, but in the light of recent events where Republicans are attempting to subvert the state governments of Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Carolina in the wake of the blue tsunami, evidence of the verity of David Frum's words is entirely too available.

Comment by Patricia on Wednesday

Then it should be obvious its all man made.

 

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