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!

Discussion Forum

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller on Sunday. 1 Reply

"The religious right was not born out of opposition to Roe v. Wade. It was born out of opposition to Brown v. Board."~ …Continue

Tags: Roe, right, v., Wade, Board

Air Force Academy leader delivers powerful speech on race after slurs found in dorms (CBS News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Nov 2. 5 Replies

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The leader of the Air Force Academy delivered a poignant and stern message on race relations in a speech to thousands of cadets after someone wrote racial slurs on message…Continue

Tags: Silveria, Jay, Gen., , Air, Force, Academy", racism

Would you like your old "Quotation of the Day" quotes republished?

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 12. 11 Replies

I saved the comments from the previous quotations group the day before it was cleared and closed. Its creator feels strongly that people's comments (though they were posted publicly) shouldn't be…Continue

Tags: archived, opt in, opt-in, archive, republished

Dan Rather on Alternative Facts

Started by Loren Miller Sep 26. 0 Replies

I originally submitted this piece to Daniel W.'s group, "Quotation of the Day," some months ago.  I thought it was important enough to repost here.  Please enjoy.…Continue

Tags: Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, alternative facts, Dan Rather

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Comment by Loren Miller on October 23, 2017 at 1:21pm

Seems as though there's Nature and there's Nature, depending on the issue at hand.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2017 at 1:17pm

Tom and Loren, your points are well taken. On the other hand, the farther I get from nature, the more I feel disconnected from myself. There are times, such as when the tree fell over an electric line and cut power for miles around, it was nice to hear the generator start and be able to get lights again. When I am sick, I enjoy the process of diagnosis and am grateful for treatments. I am a born-again atheist and enjoy religious music. I confess to being a hypocrite. Some would say, "a damned hypocrite" and others would say "a god damned hypocrite. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on October 23, 2017 at 12:05pm
Bert, a prosperous and moderate Twain said that. I say:
Patriotism is defending your rights all the time.
Or, "No, you can't have my rights; I'm still using them!"
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 23, 2017 at 11:53am

Patriotism is defending your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.

--Mark Twain

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on October 23, 2017 at 11:45am
Loren, to Gladstone's insights, add:
Progressivism is trust of the people tempered by anger.
FYI: I'm well to the left of Liberalism.
Comment by Loren Miller on October 23, 2017 at 6:20am

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.
-- William E. Gladstone

The above was spoken over 150 years ago, yet I can think of no time when it was more evident or applicable than right freaking NOW.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 23, 2017 at 6:18am

Actually, nature leaves a lot of things around which are pretty useless.  My appendix, for example, never mind the gallbladder I had to get rid of (you don't EVER want to have gallstones!).  And when nature does change something, it takes its own freaking time to do it.

The evolutionary process has its own impetus and doesn't much listen to us ... which is likely why gene therapy is a thing!

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 23, 2017 at 3:43am
Joan, do you believe the Nature’s Way piece?

I don’t. Nature does what Nature does. Two recent instances: Harvey in Texas and Irma in Puerto Rico.
What had P M Dunn been drinking?
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2017 at 3:19am

Loren, a great piece by Dan Rather. Thanks for calling it to my attention. I reposted it on Facebook with thanks to you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2017 at 2:38am

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous”, “Nature does nothing uselessly”, “If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.”

~ P M Dunn

Aristotle (384–322 bc): philosopher and scientist of ancient Greece

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2672651/

It is interesting to see how many farmers, gardeners, and homesteaders return to more natural ways of growing things. There are not the big single species crops but more Food Forests. Much more care of feeding soil through natural processes of animals used to forage and in the process, stir up the soil. Manure and compost from green manure and activated charcoal with "mycorrhizae (myco = fungus, rhizae = roots).  These are primitive associations, thought to have arisen hundreds of millions of years ago when vascular plants emerged on land. Originally, mycorrhizal relationships were thought to be unusual oddities; we now know that they are the rule, rather than the exception, especially in woody plants."

~  Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, WSU Science Editor

https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/403/2015/03/mycorrhizae.pdf

Rather than plowing after each harvest, leave crop residues in the soil keeping it covered with plant material at all times. To plant the next crop, cut a thin shallow groove into the surface of the ground, drop in seeds, and cover them. Less soil erosion occurs, organic material accumulates, and the soil soaks up more water.  This encourages better plant growth, saves fuel, time, effort, and wear and tear on the equipment.

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