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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Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Saturday. 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 Bertold Brautigan on April 24, 2018 at 2:04pm

In a similar vein--

Man cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen.
     ~Michel de Montaigne

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2018 at 1:57pm

"Few nations have been so poor as to have but one god. Gods were made so easily, and the raw material cost so little, that generally the god market was fairly glutted and heaven crammed with these phantoms."
~ Robert Green Ingersoll - 1833-1899

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2018 at 1:54pm

Loren, U.S. government today stinks of rot. To clean up rot, it takes, fungi, bacteria, and critters eating on it until it is consumed, or a deep burial.

To clean up govenment rot:  

1. Strengthen Public Sector Accountability by declaring assets in order to prevent conflicts of interest.

2. Ensure Transparent, Competitive Public Procurement by awarding government contracts with public scrutiny.

3. Investigate And Prosecute Corruption by creating an independent judiciary that investigates and prosecutes corruption.

4. Require Transparent Political Party Financing by warning that powerful individuals, businesses, and interest groups can influence elections through secret campaign contributions -- raising the risk of political corruption.

5. Ensure Access To Information, by the vigilance of investigative journalists, civil society, and whistleblowers.

Source: Five Tips For Cleaning Up Corruption

Comment by Patricia on April 24, 2018 at 1:39pm

Good one!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2018 at 1:38pm

Bertold, priceless, "When you are stupid..."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 24, 2018 at 8:37am

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 24, 2018 at 8:24am

Man is himself the creator of his heaven or hell, and there are no demons except his own follies.

~ Eliphas Levi

Comment by Loren Miller on April 24, 2018 at 5:41am

Gods always behave like the people who make them.
-- Zora Neale Hurston

That does seem to be the pattern, doesn't it?

Comment by Loren Miller on April 23, 2018 at 5:49am

How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.
-- Henry David Thoreau

Geez, Hank, prescient much?

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2018 at 2:48pm

I like Black's quote! Timely for our situation. 

 

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