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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Ideas

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 Idaho Spud on January 13, 2018 at 11:49am

I like the essay by Joseph Lewis.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 13, 2018 at 7:10am

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
– Edmund Burke

At times I wonder ... how many people who bitch about Trump or some other issue do nothing other than that – bitch.  Do they write their congresspeople?  Do they march?  Do they take substantive action against the problem or just bemoan the problem?

Comment by Patricia on January 12, 2018 at 9:34pm

Or at least share the wine.

Comment by Patricia on January 12, 2018 at 9:33pm

Thanks, Thomas. Excellent read.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 12, 2018 at 6:35pm

Right you are, Thomas. The previous line is With alcoholic ritual, the whole point is generosity. In other words, don't bother opening a freakin' bottle of wine if you're not going to drink the whole thing.

He has another fetching comment in this regard: Cheap booze is a false economy.

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 12, 2018 at 6:29pm

Bertold,

"...throw away the damn cork." ?...as to not choke on it?....I get the feeling it means something else.

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 12, 2018 at 6:26pm

Joan, Patricia, and Loren,

Here is the full essay:

“If you do not want to stop the wheels of progress; if you do not want to go back to the Dark Ages; if you do not want to live again under tyranny, then you must guard your liberty, and you must not let the church get control of your government. If you do, you will lose the greatest legacy ever bequeathed to the human race—intellectual freedom.

 

Now let me tell you another thing. If all the energy and wealth wasted upon religion—in all of its varied forms—had been spent to understand life and its problems, we would today be living under conditions that would seem almost like Utopia. Most of our social and domestic problems would have been solved, and equally as important, our understanding and relations with the other peoples of the world would have, by now, brought about universal peace.

 

Man would have a better understanding of his motives and actions, and would have learned to curb his primitive instincts for revenge and retaliation. He would, by now, know that wars of hate, aggression, and aggrandizement are only productive of more hate and more human suffering.

 

The enlightened and completely emancipated man from the fears of a God and the dogma of hate and revenge would make him a brother to his fellow man.

 

He would devote his energies to discoveries and inventions, which theology previously condemned as a defiance of God, but which have proved so beneficial to him. He would no longer be a slave to a God and live in cringing fear!”

― Joseph Lewis, An Atheist Manifesto

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 12, 2018 at 5:14pm

If you open a bottle of wine, for heaven's sake have the grace to throw away the damn cork.

--Christopher Hitchens

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 12, 2018 at 1:06pm

Thomas, you comment, "Joseph Lewis, An Atheist Manifesto"

says exactly what I think every day! Perfectly stated! Thanks. I share it with attribution to you.

Comment by Patricia on January 12, 2018 at 12:57pm

Excellent find, Thomas!

 

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