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

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 June 17, 2018 at 12:30pm

Much appreciated, Spud.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 17, 2018 at 7:14am

Good quotes, Loren, and I especially like your comment on the last one.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 17, 2018 at 6:16am

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species.
-- Christopher Hitchens

Sadly, even in the adolescence of Homo sapiens, the whiny little kid of religion insists on tagging along and demanding all the attention it can garner.  It needs to be told to GROW THE FUCK UP ... because we can't afford its petulant immaturity anymore.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 16, 2018 at 5:18am

The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
-- Delos B. McKown

Actually, they don't "look" like much of anything at all, which follows if you think about it.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 15, 2018 at 5:56am

Our weapons are the ironic mind against the literal: the open mind against the credulous; the courageous pursuit of truth against the fearful and abject forces who would set limits to investigation (and who stupidly claim that we already have all the truth we need). Perhaps above all, we affirm life over the cults of death and human sacrifice and are afraid, not of inevitable death, but rather of a human life that is cramped and distorted by the pathetic need to offer mindless adulation, or the dismal belief that the laws of nature respond to wailings and incantations.
― Christopher Hitchens

Indeed, "we affirm life," because all the evidence points to the fact that It's The ONLY One We HAVE!!! And I for one have no interest in buying pigs in pokes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2018 at 7:52pm

Hate Groups Map  Southern Poverty Law Center

We have so much hate all around us; I choose care and compassion for myself.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2018 at 7:38pm

Our tradition of accepting refugees, people escaping violence, the poor...

"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Emma Lazarus, New Colossus

How did we lose that rich tradition? Can it ever be realized? 

Comment by Loren Miller on June 14, 2018 at 6:15am

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke

Now why is it, I wonder, that this quote reminds me of the House and Senate Republicans in recent days?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2018 at 1:34pm

Blame the women, the gays, the Blacks, Asians, Italians, Irish, on and on and on. We are all African! monogamous, polygamous, heterosexual, homosexual, nonsexual, Oh! yes, our DNA tells us we are Homo sapiens that came out of Africa!

"There was a river delta, leading from a common ancestor population to the diverse groups of living people today. But the river leading to that delta was not one big channel; it was a braided series of streams."

Three new discoveries in a month rock our African origins



Oh my goodness, the origin is complicated. 

Comment by Loren Miller on June 13, 2018 at 5:49am

I refuse to be the wounded woman on a cross that you crucify with your disapproval like nails; I will only be the woman who believes in thunderstorms the same way lightning loves the tops of trees it strikes every time it gets tired of being pent up in an unforgiving sky, the only difference is that I believe these are natural weather phenomenons, not God’s belly rumbling or synapses firing.
-- Meggie Royer

Considering how women have been abused by religion in general and Christianity in particular, I REALLY like Meggie's attitude here!

 

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