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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Big Bang vs Electric Universe, Lawrence Krauss' response

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller 5 hours ago. 2 Replies

I wrote to Lawrence Krauss during the discussion of Big Bang vs Electric Universe:"Thurs, 5:54 PM, Lawrence, I belong to Atheist Nexus and a rather ugly debate began about the Big Bang Theory. One…Continue

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2018 at 9:11pm

“We in America pride ourselves on freedom of the press, but every day I see, and so do you, this kind of dishonesty and distortion not only in this area but in reporting -- about guys like me, for instance, which is of minor importance except to me; but also in reporting world news. How can a free people make decisions without facts? If the press reports world news as they report about me, we're in trouble.”

~ Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra’s 1963 Playboy interview, 

Mark FRAUENFELDER, Aug, 31, 2014                

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2018 at 8:41pm

Remember my three “Ps” 

P1,Possible 

P2 Probable 

P3 Preferable

Well, Here is someone else sharing part of the 3Ps:

“The most important thing in life is to stop saying 'I wish' and start saying 'I will.' Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.”

Charles Dickens

I will add to dear old Dickens, identify the Preferable and go for it. 

Comment by Patricia on January 11, 2018 at 2:06pm

I would LOVE to hear what Carlin would have to say!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 11, 2018 at 1:08pm

I shudder to think the brand of commentary we would get from the likes of Will Rogers or George Carlin in THIS day and age!

Comment by Patricia on January 11, 2018 at 12:41pm

 I don’t make jokes.  I just watch the government and report the facts. – Will Rogers 

Comment by Loren Miller on January 11, 2018 at 5:19am

The above meshes perfectly with another fave quote:

If it takes the threat of hell to make you a moral person, then you are not at all moral, you are just a coward who responds well to threats.
-- Leo Wolf

Behaving well with a gun to your head is no kind of morality I would ever endorse, let alone suggest to another.  Add that to the fact that the events of the bible have a piss-poor basis in historical fact and I have virtually no reason to give them any kind of credence or authority.

Comment by Patricia on January 10, 2018 at 10:18pm

24 | April | 2012 | Always Question Authority

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 10, 2018 at 9:30am

By consciously exploring geometric principles, these [XIV – XVI century] painters gradually learned how to construct images of objects in three-dimensional space. In the process, they reprogrammed European minds to see space in a Euclidean fashion.

. . . What is so extraordinary here is that, while philosophers and proto-scientists were cautiously challenging Aristotelian precepts about space, artists cut a radical swathe through this intellectual territory by appealing to the senses. In a very literal fashion, perspectival representation was a form of virtual reality that, like today’s VR games, aimed to give viewers the illusion that they had been transported into geometrically coherent and psychologically convincing other worlds.

--Margaret Wertheim

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 10, 2018 at 8:18am

Joan--

In 1963 Gay Talese interviewed FS for Esquire mag. The interview got off to quite a rousing start:

Playboy: All right, let's start with the most basic question there is: Are you a religious man? Do you believe in God?

Sinatra: Well, that'll do for openers. I think I can sum up my religious feelings in a couple of paragraphs. First: I believe in you and me. I'm like Albert Schweitzer and Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein in that I have a respect for life -- in any form. I believe in nature, in the birds, the sea, the sky, in everything I can see or that there is real evidence for. If these things are what you mean by God, then I believe in God. But I don't believe in a personal God to whom I look for comfort or for a natural on the next roll of the dice. 

It's pretty clear that he was another one of us atheist/pantheists.

Here's the interview.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 10, 2018 at 8:18am

Frank said much the same thing in his Playboy Interview years ago, and I wrote about that a while back.

 

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