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 25, 2018 at 6:04am

By the way, Patricia, I really like the meme you put up.  As it happens, I'm working on something for what may be my next blog entry that has to do precisely with the issue of god being hidden.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 25, 2018 at 5:59am

What we've learned from history is that we haven't learned from history.
-- Matthew Modine as Dr. Don Francis in And the Band Played On

Really, we have and we haven't, which is to say some of us care about history and some of us apparently don't ... and I presume at least most of this audience remembers what George Santyana said about learning from the past.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 24, 2018 at 5:49am

A God who kept tinkering with the universe was absurd; a God who interfered with human freedom and creativity was tyrant. If God is seen as a self in a world of his own, an ego that relates to a thought, a cause separate from its effect. he becomes a being, not Being itself. An omnipotent, all-knowing tyrant is not so different from earthly dictators who make everything and everybody mere cogs in the machine which they controlled. An atheism that rejects such a God is amply justified.
-- Karen Armstrong

And I have no time for such "an omnipotent, all-knowing tyrant," especially when it doesn't demonstrably exist.

Comment by Patricia on June 23, 2018 at 11:55pm

I'm with you Joan....absolutely nothing to laugh at where he's concerned.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 23, 2018 at 11:12pm

Sorry, Loren, I have stopped laughing at the mention of Donald Trump! 

IMO Trump has profound mental disorders that make him unfit to be POTUS. The recent order to kidnap children from parents who want to create a better life for themselves and their children is only one bit of evidence of his incompetence. Trump lacks valid thinking processes, has no empathy for the effects of his edicts, and displays adolescent behaviors of self-worth. He harms and I mourne. There is no laughter in me 

~ "Duty To Warn is an association of mental health professionals and other concerned citizens who advocate Trump’s removal under the 25th Amendment on the grounds that he is psychologically unfit."

Comment by Loren Miller on June 23, 2018 at 5:55pm

We also laugh at Donald the clown, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 23, 2018 at 3:27pm

"The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown."

~ Carl Sagan, Broca's Brain (1979), p. 64 ISBN 0394501691

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

You don’t have to be brave or a saint, a martyr, or even very smart to be an atheist. All you have to be able to say is “I don’t know”.
― Penn Jillette

And it astonishes me how difficult it is for believers to make that simple concession.  However, I would amend Penn's statement to add: "and neither do YOU."

Comment by Patricia on June 23, 2018 at 2:08am

Comment by Patricia on June 22, 2018 at 1:58pm

That's what I couldn't figure out when I was very young....if it was so all powerful why couldn't it do its own damn work?

 

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