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 Loren Miller on February 14, 2018 at 11:55am

Barker nails it and no surprise at all.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 14, 2018 at 11:15am

Nice one, Spud. So true!

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 14, 2018 at 11:11am

Dan Barker in his book "Godless":

Comment by Loren Miller on February 14, 2018 at 5:28am

Faith is not a process or a procedure but an abandonment of both. Faith can "discover" anything, truth of falsehood, then attempt to glorify what it found for no other reason than that it found them.
-- me

As a result, faith can empower any principle it wants and be all things to all people who practice it ... which, in effect, makes it nothing to no one.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 14, 2018 at 5:17am

Personally, I'd love to know how god can be a verb when the non-existent jackass doesn't DO anything!

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on February 14, 2018 at 1:25am

Joan, did Mary Daly show how she used God as a verb?

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2018 at 11:34pm

"A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan."

~ Mary Daily, 1968, The Church and the Second Sex.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 13, 2018 at 11:26pm

God is not a noun, but a verb. 

~ Mary Daly, Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation, 1973. 

Comment by Gary S on February 13, 2018 at 9:56pm

To find yourself, think for yourself.

- Socrates

Comment by Patricia on February 13, 2018 at 3:46pm

Right on, & he's so likable too. Thank you.

 

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