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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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

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Cane Kostovski Jan 23. 3 Replies

"The religious right was not born out of opposition to Roe v. Wade. It was born out of opposition to Brown v. Board."~ …Continue

Tags: Roe, right, v., Wade, Board

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Comment by Joan Denoo on Thursday

Loren, and anyone who has an interest in the topic:

I am not asking to be critical or judgmental, however, Tom has been espousing the electricity theory and those who respond make negative statements about it. I read the material Tom supplied us and I am no wiser now than before. 

May I ask, why is there this conflict and why is it so obvious to others and not to me? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on Thursday

Loren, I agree:

re·li·gion, noun
  1. the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.
    "ideas about the relationship between science and religion"
    synonyms: faith, belief, worship, creed; More
    • a particular system of faith and worship.
      plural noun: religions
      "the world's great religions"
    • a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance.
      "consumerism is the new religion"
Comment by Loren Miller on Thursday

In an age of information, ignorance is a choice.
-- Donny Miller

Honestly, I have to say that there was never a time when the above statement had more relevance or importance than RIGHT NOW.

Comment by Loren Miller on Wednesday

The only interesting thing about religion is how many people it's slaughtered. Communism and Nazism are religions as well, make no mistake about it.
― Lemmy Kilmister

To the degree to which any organization of any sort becomes a cult of personality (Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, Jones, Koresh, Putin), I would say I have to agree.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Wednesday

@Loren - As Bart would say, don't have a cow. He explicitly notes in his preface he's not excoriating ALL us boomers. And looking at current affairs, you can't really say we haven't fucked the dog.

Comment by Loren Miller on Tuesday

Have to say, I think Gibney is painting with way too broad a brush, and yeah, that comes from a Boomer.  The generation which gave us Donald Trump also gave us Christopher Hitchens, so let's not be too hasty with the condemnations, okay?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Tuesday

For the past several decades, the nation has been run by people who present, personally and politically, the full sociopathic pathology: deceit, selfishness, imprudence, remorselessness, hostility, the works. Those people are the Baby Boomers, that vast and strange generation born between 1940 and 1964, and the society they created does not work very well.

~Bruce Cannon Gibney

Comment by Idaho Spud on Tuesday

Love that quote, GC.

Comment by Loren Miller on Tuesday

A corollary to your Harris quote, Homer:

There's no one whose views are not subject to question.
-- Lawrence Krauss

That one continues to be a biggie with me, and for good reason.

Comment by Homer Edward Price on Tuesday

To requote Sam Harris, 

Rational, open-ended, honest inquiry has always been the true source of insight into such [moral] processes.

That was the method used the Quakers in their meetings; they thought their ideas were implanted in them by God, but they were really using their own minds, unfettered by religious dogma. It was also the method used by Thomas Clarkson in England.

Joan mentioned the Enlightenment; the man who thought through its political implications most thoroughly was Thomas Jefferson.  He really believed that slavery was immoral, and he considered black people to be morally equal to whites, though he doubted that were intellectually equal.  But his early calls for legal emancipation in Virginia got no traction, and he decided that it was politically a non-starter.  Worse, he could not afford to emancipate his own slaves because of the heavy debts that he had inherited from his wife's father.  Many of Jefferson's slaves had to be sold after his own death to pay those debts.  

 

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