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 Joan Denoo on April 27, 2018 at 3:51pm

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

~ Thomas Merton. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2018 at 3:50pm

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. 

~ Immanuel Kant Quotes. (n.d.). BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018, from BrainyQuote.com Website: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/immanuel_kant_163227

Comment by Patricia on April 27, 2018 at 1:02pm

That's a goodie.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2018 at 5:55am

For a guy who isn't a scientist or an engineer, Dan makes a great point with the above.  I mean, I'm pretty secure about Ohm's Law.  How genuinely certain are believers about, oh, say, salvation?  Or how well prayer works?  As certain as V=IR?!?  I don't think so!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 27, 2018 at 5:25am

[shrug] Yeah, that, too.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 26, 2018 at 9:28pm

Or a load of shit, wrapped in brutal political power, inside a reality tv show

Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2018 at 8:44pm

Good compliment to my quote, Bertold, and it really points out the utter absurdity of religion in the 21st century.  That people could have a world of information at their fingertips and yet still believe in iron-age superstitions amounts to a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 26, 2018 at 7:46pm

The ridiculous belief that humanity could be cursed and condemned to eternal torment because mythological characters fiddled with the wrong fruit has caused more suffering and mental illness than any other “religious” or political concept in history.

It still amazes me that seemingly normal people—folks with pagers and computers—folks who can fill out their own tax forms and program their VCRs, can walk around and smile with this malignant spiritual tumor nestled deep within their otherwise intelligent brains. It’s not only absurd, it’s downright toxic!

~Lon Milo Duquette

Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2018 at 5:31am

Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.
– Edward Abbey

I see the above as being especially true when looking at the models of reality science employs versus those described in the bible – no comparison at all!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 25, 2018 at 6:00am

It is my firm conviction that man has nothing to gain, emotionally or otherwise, by adhering to a falsehood, regardless of how comfortable or sacred that falsehood may appear. Anyone who claims, on the one hand, that he is concerned with human welfare, and who demands, on the other hand, that man must suspend or renounce the use of his reason, is contradicting himself.

There can be no knowledge of what is good for man apart from knowledge of reality and human nature, and there is no manner in which this knowledge can be acquired except through reason. To advocate irrationality is to advocate that which is destructive to human life.

― George H. Smith, Atheism: The Case Against God

"... nothing to gain ... by adhering to a falsehood..." To which I say, simply, "BINGO."

 

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