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 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

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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

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Comment by Loren Miller on May 16, 2018 at 5:44am

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 May 15, 2018 at 7:26pm

@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 May 15, 2018 at 6:45pm

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 May 15, 2018 at 5:13pm

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 May 15, 2018 at 9:05am

Love that quote, GC.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 15, 2018 at 6:45am

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 May 15, 2018 at 6:41am

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.  

Comment by Loren Miller on May 15, 2018 at 5:10am

The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.
-- Albert Einstein

Albert pretty much  nails it here, though I wouldn't give the bible any great amount of credit for being "honorable."

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 14, 2018 at 11:21pm

If you can stand going to that Faux News page (I did it in private/incognito mode so cookies etc. wouldn't stick around), JHarringtonDev's comment deserves more upvotes!

Comment by Patricia on May 14, 2018 at 10:30pm

That's a great write up, GC.

 

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