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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The Oneida Perfectionists

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller on Friday. 4 Replies

The Oneida Perfectionists had a vision of utopian life, and they structured their communities according to ideological similarities.1. First, it believed that its members had entered into an…Continue

Tags: communist, authoritarian, leadership, utopia, free-love

Christianity Founded by a Murderer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman Apr 21. 4 Replies

Constantine did what?As he gained power, he became more suspicious of even family and friends. He ordered them to be put to death by various means.MaximianHis father-in-lawHe impelled to hang…Continue

Tags: baptized, escape, guilt, be, repent

Basho

Started by Cane Kostovski. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 18. 16 Replies

“Here, where a thousandCaptains swore grand conquest. . .TallGrass their monument.”― BashoWhat does this quote mean to you? To me it portrays deep deep effort that was for nothing. Deep Deep Wasted…Continue

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Cane Kostovski Jan 23. 3 Replies

"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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2017 at 4:40am

Chris, I agree with your statement, "tell  oppressed people. that. It's nonesense fantacy - sort of like religion."

On the other hand, how many times have you heard someone complain about their marriage, a job, the government, the laws, their in-laws, the weather, the pro-climate change people, the anti-climate change people, and on and on?

The whinine and complaining change nothing. 

If a marriage is bad, one can stay and be unhappy, get a divorce and maybe be happy, or stay in the marriage and chose to be happy, even if the marriage stinks. 

Working in a job where one is unhappy present a choice to the worker. He or she can stay and whine and complain and be unhappy, or leave. Does the leaving solve one's problems? 

I grouse about government, get angry, frustated, disgusted. What are my choices?

Continue to complain, 

Call my representatives to complain directly to them, 

Discuss with others the things that I don't like, 

Write letters to the editors, 

Invite others to learn about the issues, 

Put my head in a book and not surface until the next election cycle, 

Deny that I am angry, frustrated, disgusted, 

Pretend all is well with the world, 

Repress my feelings, 

Get drunk, 

Smoke some weed, 

Take tranquilizers, 

Go work in the greenhouse, 

There must be a dozen or more options. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2017 at 3:03am

"Let’s say that they do a job that’s not good, or a job that they didn’t finish, or a job that was way late. I’ll deduct from their contract, absolutely. That’s what the country should be doing."

~ Donald Trump

USA TODAY exclusive: Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/09/d...

More than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades, “who say Trump or his companies have refused to pay them.“

"At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work. Among them: a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey. A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast. Real estate brokers who sold his properties. And, ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others.

"Trump’s companies have also been cited for 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act since 2005 for failing to pay overtime or minimum wage, according to U.S. Department of Labor data. That includes 21 citations against the defunct Trump Plaza in Atlantic City and three against the also out-of-business Trump Mortgage LLC in New York. Both cases were resolved by the companies agreeing to pay back wages."

"In addition to the lawsuits, the review found more than 200 mechanic’s liens — filed by contractors and employees against Trump, his companies or his properties claiming they were owed money for their work — since the 1980s. The liens range from a $75,000 claim by a Plainview, N.Y., air conditioning and heating company to a $1 million claim from the president of a New York City real estate banking firm. On just one project, Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, records released by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in 1990 show that at least 253 subcontractors weren’t paid in full or on time, including workers who installed walls, chandeliers and plumbing."

"Philadelphia cabinet-builder Edward Friel Jr

Trump never paid $83,600 for cabinet work." 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 15, 2017 at 5:52am

The more I learn about the universe, the less convinced I am that there's any sort of benevolent force that has anything to do with it, at all.
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil ... don't look now, but I'm pretty sure you're not alone!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 15, 2017 at 5:49am

And if *I* may, Chris, that may not be the audience Bennett was thinking about.  I would say, "Tell Mitch McConnell that.  Tell Paul Ryan that."

I could add, "Tell Donald Trump that," but I doubt the specious fool would listen.

Comment by Chris on December 15, 2017 at 4:52am

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Joan Denoo

"Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

If I may - tell  oppressed people. that.

It's nonesense fantacy - sort of like religion.

Bennet may have watched too many Disney movies.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 14, 2017 at 12:42pm

You're a great one for logic.  I'm a great one for rushing in where angels fear to tread.  We're both extremists.  Reality ... is probably somewhere in the middle.
-- Capt. James T. Kirk,Star Trek VI

And the real trick, with your quote, Bertold, as much as mine, is finding that middle.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2017 at 12:26pm

"Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 14, 2017 at 12:16pm

Freedom without socialism is privilege and injustice; socialism without freedom is slavery and brutality.

--Mikhail Bakunin

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 14, 2017 at 8:35am

 The Bible is a mishmash of texts that were written and assembled over the course of several hundred years by men with varied objectives. All manner of behavior and misbehavior can be justified from the contradictory stories and commandments between its covers. Men like Roy Moore who think they speak for God, who think their end justifies any means, play this to their own advantage.

. . . Worship Iron Age texts and you get Iron Age behavior.

--Valerie Tarico

Comment by Loren Miller on December 14, 2017 at 5:20am

I don't profess any religion; I don't think it’s possible that there is a God; I have the greatest difficulty in understanding what is meant by the words ‘spiritual’ or ‘spirituality.'
― Philip Pullman

Boy, am I behind his last statement! Having a sense of wonder for the universe, the beauty of reality, or having a numinous experience is one thing, but "spirit" or relating to "spirit?" Not at all. This is yet one more problem we as atheists have to overcome: the problem of vocabulary and what some words refer to.

 

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